The National interviewed CIC's Said Sabir Ibrahmi about the Taliban's efforts to recruit from the Shiite Hazara community, which they have attacked in the past.
“The Taliban has never been an inclusive force; their leadership in Quetta and Peshawar and their political office in Doha are run by Sunni Pashtuns. They have had token Tajik commanders in the field, particularly in the north, but now they are trying to include some token Shia Hazaras in the mix,” Ibrahimi said.
CIC's Barnett Rubin is quoted in this article in War on the Rocks on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
"Barnett Rubin and Sultan Barakat have made a heartfelt plea in these pages to save the U.S. deal for a settlement in Afghanistan," Martin Skold writes, engaging their argument at length and reaching a different conclusion.
National Public Radio (NPR) quoted CIC's Barnett Rubin in a piece about the negotiations between Afghan officials and the Taliban expected to begin this week.
"They want to indicate that they still have the capacity to fight if their demands are not met," Rubin said. "And they have the additional incentive that President Ghani said that he will refuse to release the prisoners before the talks start. So escalating militarily is a way of trying to put pressure on him to soften his position."
CIC's Barnett Rubin appeared on this week's episode of the Council on Foreign Relations podcast The President's Inbox to discuss the future of the US presence in Afghanistan.
Rubin told podcast host James M. Lindsay that "the United States needs to stay engaged in a positive way, with the political actors, as they meet in these negotiations. Because both sides, in particular the side we have been supporting, will have to make some tough decisions."
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Afghanistan-Pakistan Research Project director Barnett Rubin evaluates the truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban.
"This agreement can start a process that is the best chance to end Afghanistan’s 40-year war," Rubin argues. "If both sides keep their word, they will sign the agreement in Doha, as the U.S. and Afghan governments jointly declare support for the process. The United States will reaffirm that it recognizes only that government as the country’s legitimate sovereign."
In this op-ed for TOLOnews, CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi argues that Pakistan has a crucial role to play in US-Afghanistan peace negotiations.
"India’s presence in Afghanistan has triggered the feeling of encirclement for Pakistan but Kabul and Delhi have been cautious and have not entered greater security cooperation," he writes. "Undoubtedly, internal political dynamics are key to the success of peacemaking efforts in Afghanistan but the role of neighbors, in particular Pakistan’s policy toward the country, remains equally crucial."
CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was quoted in El Periódico about the peace negotiations with Taliban in Afghanistan.
"The Taliban never accepted a ceasefire," Ibrahimi said. "If an agreement had been signed in Doha, we would not know what would have happened between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Really ending the war would have needed much more. There has been no dialogue between the different Afghan factions. "
Given the dramatic loss of life, the fallout in terms of refugees and other serious problems, and the attacks that deadly conflict inflicts on our fundamental values, preventing such conflict and the disorder it sows should be a much higher priority for the United States, other governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
An examination of Afghan society in conflict, from the 1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last Soviet-installed president, in 1992. This edition, revised by the author, reflects developments since then and includes material on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. Drawing on two decades of research, Barnett Rubin provides an account of the nature of the old regime, the rise and fall of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, and the troubled Mujahidin resistance.
At the London Conference on Afghanistan held on January 28, 2010, the government of Afghanistan and the international community stated that regionally owned and steered initiatives stood the best chance of success. President Karzai and President Obama echoed that theme during the former’s May 2010 visit to Washington – their joint statement “underscored the importance of regional cooperation in promoting regional security and in combating illicit financial, criminal, and terrorist networks.”