Is Reconciliation with the Taliban Possible in Afghanistan?
Ten years on in Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO forces are scheduled to begin a drawdown of forces in July, and a purely military solution seems more elusive than ever. Hamid Karzai has stressed the importance of negotiating with the Taliban, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has embraced the possibility.
What are the prospects for a peace or reconciliation process involving Afghan Taliban leaders? Is there any realistic hope of engaging current or former Taliban in Afghan electoral politics or of a more "moderate" Taliban presence in a future Afghan government? By letting the Taliban come in from the cold, would we endanger such hard-won gains as the increase in schooling for girls and women?
Join former Afghan Interior Minister Ali A. Jalali, Hassina Sherjan and Michael O'Hanlon for a discussion of whether reconciliation with Taliban is a viable option in Afghanistan.
Ali A. Jalali, Distinguished Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University; former Interior Minister of Afghanistan
Michael E. O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of research in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution; co-author, Toughing It Out in Afghanistan
Hassina Sherjan, President, Aid Afghanistan for Education; co-author, Toughing It Out in Afghanistan