A post-Islamic humanist discourse has the potential to carve the way for peace in post-9/11 Afghanistan and vindicate Islam of its denigration in the contemporary world.
At present, there is little incentive for the Taliban to enter into peace talks. The military situation remains dynamic, and no stalemate is in sight.
The latest military operations by the Taliban in the North of Afghanistan make obvious that the group seems not to be weakened at all, but even stronger than before.
Against the backdrop of the situation of the refugees trying to enter Europe, it is crucial to find the necessary steps needed to stop the exodus of Afghan people.
The elections in Kunduz can be counted as a great achievement, both for the public and the local bodies, despite the spectre of the Taliban.
The U.S. administration must get ready for negotiations and bring the neighboring countries -especially Iran and Pakistan- together and constitute a regional pact for the peaceful future of Afghanistan.
Poetry of the Taliban is a well written and smoothly translated collection of poems that is essential reading for anyone hoping to look beyond the normal stereotypes of the Taliban.
By invading Afghanistan, NATO took both political and moral responsibility for its future. It is possible that, at the end of the transition process, NATO will fail its test of responsibility
van Linschoten and Kuehn’s detailed accounts of the early development of the international jihadists and the Taliban is a wide ranging and useful addition to post 9/11 literature.
The Taliban remains a very deeply rooted part of Afghani social and political life. Consequently, they cannot be ignored. The Taliban should be won over with a comprehensive set of policies deploying not just negotiations and reconciliatory talks, but also the creation of a political framework that will engage the Taliban in a positive role that is most conducive to Afghanistan’s progress.
The war in Afghanistan is a war in which whatever the United States does now, or that President Obama does now, both the United States and Obama will lose. The country and its president are in a situation of perfect lockjaw.
One of the enduring features of Western strategic thinking over the past half-century has been to immediately write off one’s less powerful enemy, if the latter has been militarily overpowered. As the history of contemporary warfare suggests, very often this approach is couched on the realist thinking that a vanquished enemy is incapable of making a comeback.