Negotiations Are the Best Way to End the War in Afghanistan

Associate Director Barnett R. Rubin argues that talking to the Taliban is the right move to end the war in Afghanistan.

"In 2012, while I was serving as senior adviser to the State Department special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, I met in Istanbul with a group of Iranian scholars and former diplomats. After listening to the Iranians protest the United States’ purported plans to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan, I told them that they were worrying about the wrong thing. Their problem was not that U.S. forces would stay forever; it was that, sooner or later, they would leave, and the Iranians and their neighbors would once again be stuck with a problem that they could not solve.

Sure enough, that time is coming."

Read the full article in Foreign Affairs here.

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Mar 01, 2019
Barnett Rubin