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Title: Afghan Peace Talks: Negotiating with the Taliban
Authors: Qarqeen, Freshta
Keywords: Afghanistan
civil war
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Department of International and Comparative Politics
Abstract: The conflict scenario of Afghanistan is a decades long history with inputs of civil war and the Taliban. The ongoing divergence between the Afghan government and the Taliban leadership has immensely affected the preservation of peace and security in the country. Afghanistan, with the support of the international community predominantly the U.S.A-ISAF and NATO forces, who entered the country in 2001 through Operation Enduring Freedom, has achieved more or less developments in the sphere of security. Although these forces combatted against the Taliban leadership for almost 13 years their military strategies failed to defeat the Taliban. Thus the Afghan government started to grant more prominence to alternative approaches of settling down the conflict and that mainly through the methods of negotiations. Though the Afghan government established many commissions to initiate talks with the Taliban, they were always ineffective. This research paper suggests that the structural, strategic and behavioral approaches of negotiation theory were the dominant factors for stalled negotiations among warring parties.
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