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Ghani’s Peace Process: Strategic Alignment or Dangerous Appeasement?

President Ghani wants to rebuild Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbours. Could his new strategic engagement help build long-term peace in the conflict-ridden country?

As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani continues with ongoing efforts to engage with the region and to ‘regionalise’ the Afghan peace process, Iran and, recently, India were on his travel schedule. Recent visits have seen the president travel to Saudi Arabia, China, Pakistan and, at the end of March, the US – the latter visit signalling, notably, a replacement of the toxic relationship between US President Barack Obama and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai with something much

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