How Afghans Can Secure a Peace Deal With the Taliban

Afghan Army commandos attend their graduation ceremony at a training center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2020 (AP Photo by Rahmat Gul).
Afghan Army commandos attend their graduation ceremony at a training center on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2020 (AP Photo by Rahmat Gul).

By all accounts, the U.S. and the Taliban are poised to sign the initial stage of a peace deal in Afghanistan, and it may only be a matter of weeks before President Donald Trump takes the first serious step toward ending America’s longest war. But can a White House this mercurial really usher in a sustainable political settlement in Afghanistan? The short answer is no. Under the right circumstances, however, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his administration may be able to get the job done. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that Trump has signaled his approval for […]

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