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Peace and War

What Colombia Can Teach Us About Afghanistan

What Colombia Can Teach Us About Afghanistan

Two wars, two peace deals — what lessons does Colombia hold for Afghanistan? By Lionel Beehner and Liam Collins       Two wars, two peace deals. One has held for a few years, after decades of stalled negotiations. The other...

Tuesday, July 30 2019

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Trust, Naivety, and Negotiating With the Afghan Taliban

Trust, Naivety, and Negotiating With the Afghan Taliban

  Not talking to the Taliban is counterproductive, but going too far is naïve. By Kambaiz Rafi, May 20, 2019   The Taliban have suddenly transformed from a ruthless terrorist group into a reliable negotiating partner. The presumption that they...

Tuesday, July 30 2019

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Could Peace Talks In Afghanistan Fail Before They Really Begin?

Could Peace Talks In Afghanistan Fail Before They Really Begin?

Kai Eide ormer UN Special Representative in Afghanistan The peace process is – sadly – becoming a victim of the upcoming elections. Is the peace process in Afghanistan already in serious trouble? Talks continue in Doha between the US and...

Sunday, May 26 2019

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The U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: The Perils of Withdrawal

The U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: The Perils of Withdrawal

CSIS, October 26, 2018 Recent events in Afghanistan have reenergized those in favor of a U.S. military withdrawal. “Let someone else take up the burden,” urged one opinion piece in Slate. Another in the UK-based Guardian newspaper bluntly noted:...

Friday, November 23 2018

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After 17 years of war, are the Taliban ready for peace?

After 17 years of war, are the Taliban ready for peace?

Hugh Tomlinson, Aoun Sahi and Aimal Yaqubi report   Assuming command of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan this month, General Scott Miller offered a bullish assessment of the 17-year conflict, the longest in American history. “To be successful,...

Friday, November 23 2018

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If You Forget About a War, It’s Time to End It

If You Forget About a War, It’s Time to End It

Stacy Bannerman, October 12, 2018   A nation that doesn’t remember the men and women sent to fight on its behalf has no business whatsoever sending more. And a democracy that spends more time debating kneeling before the flag...

Friday, November 23 2018

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