Several months after the Peace Jirga, Karzai created the High Peace Council to reach out to the Taliban, but the efforts seemed doomed from the start. The council was stacked with longtime enemies of the Taliban. Few people expected results and the council has yet to deliver substantive gains.
Since then, the peace process has seen more humiliations and missteps than achievements.
A year ago a Pakistani shopkeeper duped NATO and Afghan officials into thinking he was Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior Taliban leaders. Last summer, talks collapsed with Tayyab Agha, one of the closest people to Taliban leader Mullah Omar, when information about them leaked to the media. In September head of the High Peace Council and former President Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated in his home by a man claiming to have a message from the Taliban.
The most recent blow came when Pakistan, which is seen as a critical interlocutor with the Taliban, boycotted the Bonn Conference after a NATO airstrike killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers.