The Next U.S. President Will Face Hard Choices in Afghanistan

The Next U.S. President Will Face Hard Choices in Afghanistan
The site of a truck bomb attack in Ghanikhil district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2020 (AP photo by Wali Sabawoon).

After more than a month of negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, progress toward a peace agreement remains slow. The key unknown variable is whether the United States has an appetite for staying involved in the long grind of overseeing a peace process that must reconcile two divergent views of Afghanistan’s future—which can only be answered by the winner of this week’s presidential election. The Taliban recognize this, too, and made a foray into American politics last month, announcing their desire to see President Donald Trump win a second term, before hastily backtracking. The reason for the Taliban’s […]

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