On January 13, 2021, the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP), supported by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) as its Secretariat, convened a webinar to discuss the possibilities for establishing a multiple-track diplomacy process as part of Afghanistan’s peace process.
The panelists, Dr. Sima Samar (Member of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation), Dr. Mohammad Amin Ahmadi (member of the Afghan negotiating team in Doha, Qatar), Ms. Narges Nehan (Director, Equality Peace and Democracy), and Dr. Saeed Parto (Director of Research, APPRO) discussed the many challenges of the current peace process, particularly the exclusiveness of the high-level negotiations and the absence of systematic representation of civil society throughout the peace talks.
All discussants felt strongly that efforts by civil society in information sharing, cooperation and collaboration needed to be intensified through mobilization and concrete action to influence the peace talks.
The panelists concluded that, in addition to efforts toward making the current high-level negotiations (Track 1) more inclusive, civil society needed to focus its concrete efforts toward launching a Track 2 to consist of all non-state national actors and a Track 3 to facilitate intra- and inter-community engagement and consultations about peace.
Feedback generated through Track 2 and Track 3 could then inform the negotiations in Doha and decision making by international community on how to assist Afghanistan’s peace process.
Panelists agreed similar inclusive, multi-stakeholder events, in the form of open discussions about the need for a multiple-track diplomacy are urgently needed to ensure positive outcomes from the current peace process.