Afghanistan 2019: Between peace talks and presidential elections, another year of uncertainty

Boni, Filippo (2020). Afghanistan 2019: Between peace talks and presidential elections, another year of uncertainty. Asia Maior, 30 pp. 435–449.

URL: https://www.asiamaior.org/the-journal/12-asia-maio...

Abstract

Afghanistan in 2019 was characterised by the Presidential elections, held on 28 September, and whose results were announced at the end of December 2019, and by the peace talks between the US and the Taliban. Against such backdrop, the analysis presented in this article traces the evolution of peace talks between the US and the Taliban during the year under examination, and accounts for the developments that characterised the peace process. The latter had also an important intra-Afghan dimension, with the Consultative Loya-Jirga, which was held between 29 April and 3 May 2019. The socio-economic situation of Afghanistan is also analysed, with a specific focus on the role of women in the country’s political and economic life. With regards to Afghanistan’s international relations, this study dissects the geopolitical alignments taking place in 2019, with an assessment of the role that Russia, India, Pakistan and China played in the country during 2019.

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