Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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The price of negotiating

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AfPakChannel, 5 September 2013

The Middle East Institute's Marvin Weinbaum, a former US diplomat in Afghanistan, argues that "the illusion that talks with the Afghan Taliban can result in a grand bargain" and the belief "that there exists a shortcut to ending the Afghan conflict" should both be shed. Attention should be given to "needed domestic reforms" in order to further "prospects for a viable Afghan state after 2014".