Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Three years since Kabul fell: Is it time to recognise the Taliban?

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TRT World, 2 February 2024

In this article, discussing the title-giving question, several experts give their opinion. This is what AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted with:

“As long as the Taliban do not show in practice that they respect human rights for all Afghans, including those who disagree with them on certain or many issues, the Taliban should not be rewarded with official diplomatic recognition,” says Thomas Ruttig, co-founder and co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“There are plenty of options – although not easy and unproblematic – to engage them on vital issues below that level, for the sake of the Afghan people stuck in multiple crises.