Leader Development & Education for Sustained Peace Program: Cross-Cultural, Geopolitical & Regional Education

Topic Debate: Peace Talks in Afghanistan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports a stir in Afghanistan caused by the appointment of Kabul’s new Peace Negotiator. Salahuddin Rabban replaced his father, Burhanuddin Rabbani, as head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, April 2012, following his previous posts as acting chair and Ambassador to Turkey. Salahuddin’s father was assassinated on 20 September 2011 by a suspected Taliban at his home in Wazir Akbar Khan. The attacker placed explosive devises in his turban and blew himself up while greeting Burhanuddin.

Following Burhanuddin’s death, the ideal High Peace Council Chair replacement would be a political heavyweight with the ability to restart stalled negotiations and keep discussions on path among the parties involved, which includes insurgent groups, the Afghan government, and international governments. The 18 April 2012 RFE/RL article tackles the questions, ” How could Rabbani’s 40-year-old son, Salahuddin Rabbani, hope to succeed where his high-profile father had failed? AND Was this relatively untested diplomat the one to make good on the Afghan government’s goal of finding a political solution to its decade-long war with the Taliban?”

Click the link to read more of RFE/RL’s article, “Kabul’s New Peace Negotiator Causes Stir

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