The BBC carries a story that the Taliban are interested in setting up an office in Qatar where dialogue in neutral territory might be more productive than killing.
As usual there are multiple sides to this story. Having some place where people are not hunting you down is valuable for many reasons other than making peace, propaganda, for instance.
I expect that after decades of war, Afghanistan is tired of it and may actually be interested in talking instead of killing. There has to be a lot of movement on all sides to have any effect on the ground. I can see the Taliban having real problems with human rights such as education for women and bombing civilians. I can see the current government having real problems with human rights, such as hunting Talibanis like rabbits and allowing everyone a voice/some control in government. I can see the USA having real problems with human rights, such as killing random people from the air and holding prisoners under torture and without trial. There are lots of entrenched positions to prevent any movement but it’s an election year in USA so anything is possible, even peace. Perhaps the old guard are dying off and the younger folks want their chance to build a nation.
Qatar has long been respected as knowledgeable of the various parties. Perhaps they would be good hosts for some sort of rapprochement. Now, if only Iran and North Korea could come to the table, 2012 might be a better year. Sometimes talk is purely for show and sometimes it starts important movements. We shall see. The world certainly needs a break from war.