Monthly Archives: December 2011

Talking about offices

PART ONE – THE TALIBAN’S IRON CURTAIN

Suddenly everyone is talking about offices – whether the Afghan Taliban Movement should have a political office, where it should be located and what the office should be used for.

Before examining the potential for agreement on a political office, a reality check is in order. For the moment, all parties to the Afghan conflict seem to regard war-fighting as default mode and there is little chance of that changing any time soon. Of course, the point of reconciliation efforts is to find a way out of that impasse.