"Peace and reconciliation" is the phrase routinely trotted out by almost all actors in Afghanistan when asked what the end
The first pre-requisite for any genuine Afghan peace process is reshaping the surrender-narrative. The term 'peace' itself must be reclaimed so that it is no longer viewed with suspicion or equated to surrender and weakness. Those who are hostile to it become comfortable with it.
Ask anyone working in Afghanistan why peace is still elusive and the answers are predictable. Some will blame Pakistan for
Anti war activists will hold a "naming the dead" ceremony on Sunday as part of their campaign to bring British troops home