Afghanistan’s Ghani Builds Regional Momentum for Taliban Talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a cricket match, Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 15, 2014 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash).
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a cricket match, Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 15, 2014 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash).
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Reports over the past three months suggest that Pakistani military leaders and Afghan officials are renewing efforts to open direct talks between the Taliban and Kabul. Though these steps show signs of promise and should be supported by U.S. policymakers, expectations about the talks’ prospects for a swift resolution to the Afghanistan War should be measured, given the history of breakdowns of past efforts and the potential for spoilers on all sides to derail them. The last bid for peace talks, supported by the U.S. State Department and facilitated by Qatar, was abandoned in 2013 after Afghanistan’s then-President Hamid Karzai […]

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