Afghanistan's conflict can only be resolved at the negotiating table

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Of: Andreas Stefansson

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that US troops will leave Afghanistan this fall. This marks the end of the United States' longest war in 20 years. But for Afghanistan, the war, which has already claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives, is not over. Now it is more important than ever that a political solution is reached in the conflict, says Andreas Stefansson, Secretary General of the aid organization Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

April 16, 2021, Debate

Climate change is life-threatening for Afghanistan

The population in rural Afghanistan is completely dependent on precipitation, both for agriculture and for drinking water, writes Andreas Stefansson. Pictured are Marzia and Faizullah fetching water for their family. Photo: Bashir Ahmad Fayaz

Of: Andreas Stefansson

The Madrid climate summit, COP25, swept one of the most important issues under the rug. What economic responsibility do the countries that have caused global warming have for countries like Afghanistan - where climate change is already a matter of life or death? Sweden must push harder for a fair global division of responsibilities, writes the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

January 14, 2020, Debate

No peace in Afghanistan without the voices of the people

Street in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan must be allowed to take part in the peace work. Otherwise, there will be no pourable peace, the debater writes.

Of: Andreas Stefansson

After almost 40 years of war, peace agreements may be close in Afghanistan. But achieving real peace requires more than a signed paper. Sustainable peace presupposes local anchoring and meaningful inclusion of the civilian population, writes Andreas Stefansson at the Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

March 12, 2019, Debate