By: Naveed Ahmad While looking for good news in Afghanistan, one rarely meets triumph. The 2014 withdrawal deadline underscores the need for visible success stories There may be occasional good news, but the most salient stories inevitably focus on shocking violence. For instance, three incidents of Afghans in uniform killing US servicemen in less than [...]
To judge by discussions I had with figures close to the Afghan Taliban in Dubai last week, on certain key issues the Taliban leadership and the US administration are far closer than most analysts believe. The chief obstacle to a peace settlement is likely to come not from Taliban links to al-Qaeda but rather from the question of how to divide up power within Afghanistan.
Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University
Erik Brattberg is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. He is also a Research Associate at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm.His research interests include European foreign and security policy, global security governance and transatlantic [...]
This Peace Brief is based in part upon a closed-door roundtable convened by the United States Institute of Peace which drew on the expertise of scholars, practitioners, U.S. government officials, and the policy community to discuss the implications of the burning of the Quran.
The horrific actions of a rogue US soldier will only help the Taliban.
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