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Online Seminar: Is peace possible with the Taliban?
April 21, 2020 - 15:00
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. The Taliban reign is vividly remembered for its brutal application of a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, which sowed terror among the population and further impaired an economy already battered by the war against the Soviet occupation. They were eventually forced out of power by a US-led coalition in retaliation for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil on September 11th, 2001. But that was not the end of the Taliban. They gradually regrouped as a force of resistance and largely succeeded in preventing a government heavily supported by the international community, militarily and financially, to establish its authority across the country. Today, the Taliban are stronger and control more territory than ever since 2001. The US and its allies have come to the conclusion that there is no military solution, consequently, the US officially entered into negotiations with the Taliban in the fall of 2018, which culminated with the signing of a US-Taliban deal entitled: Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan.
This presentation will begin with a short recapitulation of the geographic, ethnic and regional fundamentals shaping politics in Afghanistan. It will describe the milestones along the path that led to the conclusion of the Agreement to Bring Peace for Afghanistan. Then it will dive into its content to underlined the challenges that lies ahead of a sustainable peace in Afghanistan. The presentation will be followed by questions and comments from the participants.