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Toward a Sustainable Peace in Afghanistan: Part II

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series examining the challenges to reaching a sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Part I examined the domestic challenges to national reconciliation. Part II examines the regional context of the Afghan peace process.

When NATO leaders gathered in Chicago earlier this week for a much-awaited summit, the withdrawal strategy for Afghanistan dominated the proceedings. A twist in the plot had developed in the lead-up to the gathering when NATO extended a last-minute invitation to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. The logic was straightforward: The occasion would be used not only to reach an agreement with Pakistan over reopening NATO supply lines that have been closed since November, but also to include Pakistan in discussions of Afghanistan’s future because of Islamabad’s importance in efforts to stabilize the country. ...

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