11.09.2019

A Public Agenda for Peace

How to find an inclusive path towards peace? In Spring 2019, hundreds of Afghans from all walks of life were asked to contribute to a public agenda for peace and to express their concerns and hopes for negotiation initiatives. This report sheds light on their discussions and recommendations.

Publication: The Public's Voice in the Peace Process

Why do we need a public agenda for peace? In the past year, the negotiations between the US government and the Taliban have narrowed the discussion about peace and a potential agreement to hard security questions like the presence of foreign troops on Afghan soil, counterterrorism, power sharing, and cease fire regulations. Much fewer has been said so far about the causes of conflict that, if left unaddressed, is likely to re-fuel the insurgency or further radicalization of non-Taliban actors. Therefore, FES Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Policy Group have started to explore possibilities for sustainable societal peace in Afghanistan, covering economic development, security, education, justice, ethnic and religious coexistence and regional stability. The project “The Public's Voice in the Peace Process” convened 600 people from all walks of Afghan life in the provinces of Balkh, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Kandahar, and Herat to explore the wider public’s perception of the ongoing process and build a public agenda for a sustainable peace. Read the project's findings in our newly published report: library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/kabul/15657.pdf

  • Participants discuss opportunities for economic development during the Public’s Voice in the Peace Process conference in Mazar-e-Sharif city, April 2019. © FES Afghanistan.
  • Participants of the Working Group on Education
    exchange ideas with each other during the Public’s Voice in the Peace Process conference in Bamyan city, April 2019. © FES Afghanistan.
  • How do you feel about the ongoing negotiations? (in %) © FES Afghanistan.
  • How do you feel about the ongoing negotiations? (in %) © FES Afghanistan.
  • Will the peace negotiations bring change to Afghanistan? (in %) © FES Afghanistan.
  • Will the peace negotiations bring change to Afghanistan? (in %) © FES Afghanistan.
  • Which values are non-negotiable to you? (in %) © FES Afghanistan.
  • Which values are non-negotiable to you? (in %) © FES Afghanistan.

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