Building a Network for Successful Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Social Network Analysis of the Afghan Peace Process
Authors: Madhav Joshi , Sophia Henn
Publication info: Peace Accords Matrix, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, August 2021
Full text: Download this report at curate.nd.edu
The ongoing Afghan peace process, which officially started with the signing of the Doha Agreement between the United States and the Taliban in February 2020, involves a complex network of actors. This study leverages social network analysis (SNA) to draw insights from original data on bilateral and multilateral meetings of central actors involved in the negotiations. The report explores influential actors, the relationships among these actors, their stakes in the peace process, the evolving nature of such engagements, and the long-term implications of network activity on the prospects for a successful peace process. It concludes with several recommendations that can be helpful to the negotiating team, practitioners, and policymakers and that are meant to support an inclusive and successful peace process.
Joshi, Madhav and Sophia Henn. Building a Network for Successful Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Social Network Analysis of the Afghan Peace Process. Notre Dame, IN: Peace Accords Matrix/Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies/Keough School for Global Affairs, 2021. https://doi.org/10.7274/r0-ax7h-g962