US diplomats are set to meet Taliban representatives in Qatar for the first formal direct talks. The meeting will take place following months of negotiations.
Dr Rudra Chaudhuri compiled a report on the issue last year following a interviews with four senior Taliban figures.
He told Daybreak "the old guard of the Taliban want some sort of a negotiative end to this conflict."
He added: "There is a recognition amongst all sides that military victory, be it by the American led victory or the Taliban military victory is out of the question."
Official peace talks on Afghanistan between the United States and the Taliban were delayed today, amid a row about an office.
American negotiators will sit down with black turbaned men from the Taliban, at least one of whom speaks impeccable English.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai says his government will not take part in any peace talks involving the Taliban - at least for now.