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Is Reconciliation with the Taliban Possible in Afghanistan?

Surrendering Taliban militants stand with their weapons as they are presented to the media on Nov. 4, 2010 in Herat, Afghanistan. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

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

Can't make it to this program? Tune in to the free video webcast on AsiaSociety.org/Live from 6:30 to 8:30 pm ET. Online viewers are encouraged to send questions to [email protected]


Event Details

Thu 23 Jun 2011
6:30pm - 8:30pm

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York, NY

$10 members; $12 students and seniors; $15 non-members