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Time to Negotiate in Afghanistan: How to Talk to the Taliban

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Foreign Affairs, 16 June 2015

This extensive article reviews the “unexpected strides toward [peace] talks” over the past few months, made by Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban and argues that “the United States must seize the moment, doing what it can to move the peace process forward.” It quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig:

If the Taliban do decide to participate in peace talks, the next question will be how much they will concede. According to some Afghanistan experts, such as Thomas Ruttig, Michael Semple, and Theo Farrell, the Taliban may be willing to meet the most important of the three U.S. conditions for peace: the renunciation of al Qaeda. “