Taliban talks must protect Afghan state structure & citizens’ rights


To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the existing talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the United States needs to negotiate with a sober understanding of the Taliban and their motives for fighting, argues Moh. Sayed Madadi, Director General of Afghanistan Civil Service Institute.

To that end, assuming too much flexibility on the Taliban’s part only emboldens the group, which could in turn intensify violence and make getting to an agreement more difficult, he writes for War on The Rocks.

To reach a settlement that could safeguard Afghanistan’s most important post-2001 achievements against the Taliban’s regressive ideology, there needs to be a meaningful  connection between the current talks in Doha and the intra-Afghan dialogue that addresses more pressing issues of state structure, citizens’ rights and civil liberties, adds Madadi, previously a Graduate Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on International Conflict and Negotiation and a Hurford Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, the Washington-based democracy assistance group.

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