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In Afghanistan, give peace a chance — and a lot of time


The Hill, 18 July 2019

An interesting inside (ex-government) look at the US attempts to reach an agreement with the Taleban by former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald E Neumann (from 2005-2007), also former deputy assistant secretary of State, and now president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, with some warnings:

An agreement on paper does not mean peace, particularly if it is only a commitment to talks or procedures that are supposed to fill in the details. Afghanistan has seen numerous agreements over nearly 40 years of war; between parties on the same side as well as opposing forces. Each agreement was broken when one party was strong enough to do so. (…) The cost of a bad agreement — that is, one that breaks down after a U.S. and NATO withdrawal — may be high.

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