Five myths about talking to terrorists

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban last weekend, in exchange for the freeing of five Taliban figures from Guantanamo, has

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. (AP)

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, right, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan. (AP)

provoked much agonizing about the rights and wrongs of talking to terrorists. It’s a good moment to consider some of what has been learned from dealing with terrorists — in places from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Northern Ireland — and which lessons have been misunderstood. more…

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