The Eid ceasefires in June showed that peace is possible in Afghanistan and is supported across Afghan society. This Accord Policy Brief outlines ten incremental steps that the government of Afghanistan and international partners can take to advance peace, based on findings from our new Accord publication.
Renegotiating a new social contract is essential. But this is currently blocked by a fundamental lack of confidence among the warring parties and society as a whole, driven by the pervasive violence which prevents agreement on even the most basic issues. This is why a radical new approach to peace is required to build peace incrementally, starting with measures to reduce violence as an essential enabler to increase dialogue towards a more inclusive social contract that can involve all of Afghan society – men and women.
This report is an output of the Political Settlements Research Programme, which is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).