Check out my latest blog post as ForeignPolicy.com’s AfPakChannel. Here’s the bottom line:
“The Kayani extension provides a short-term ceasefire between the PPP and the army, but it will also likely produce re-alignments among its fractious power brokers. And another head-on clash between any two of them is not far from reality.”
Here’s my latest, an oped in the Christian Science Monitor. I will try to discuss the topic more expansively in a blog post here. Stay tuned. My apologies for the extended absence. I’ve been busy.
“Nearly six months into the United States surge in Afghanistan and six months prior to the White House’s review of the Afghan war strategy, it’s clear our mission in Afghanistan is not only failing, but beyond repair.
Only a political solution can bring lasting peace to Afghanistan and extract the US from this messy conflict. And given Washington’s bleak military predicament, it must begin to give precedence to a political reconciliation process with the senior Taliban leadership now, rather than next year…”
Read the rest here.