U.S. President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of talks with the Taliban and a secret plan to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Taliban leaders in Camp David on twitter. Since then, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated restarting talks are open if the Taliban meet conditions. The Taliban has also been on a propaganda push with television interviews in Qatar and Moscow. So, what next? Political analyst Habib Wardak shares his views, in this conversation with SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi on why and when both sides should re-engage, what happens to the intra-Afghan dialogue, whether the presidential polls should be held, how much control Pakistan and how India should be involved in the peace process.
Habib Wardak is a political and national security analyst and teaches courses in Afghanistan on Governments and geopolitics of South Asia. He has also served in the Afghan Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. He is a graduate of the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Pune and holds his bachelor’s in Economics from Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune, India.