The role of the U.S. in Afghan-Taliban peace talks BY Maria Faraz -The Hill

A resurgent Taliban is threatening to overrun a substantial part of Afghanistan and is just 200 miles away from Kabul. An ISIL offshoot, ISIL-Khorasan Province (ISIL-KP), is emerging in the east. Afghan security forces are stretched thin fighting on multiple fronts. The war is pulling American troops back into combat: The United States sees no way out of Afghanistan.

As the new administration is taking shape under president-elect Donald Trump, it is time for the U.S. to reconsider its strategy. War and military operations are not effective solutions for long lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. Negotiation and reconciliation, however, could bring peace. By supporting an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned, peace and national reconciliation process, the U.S. can bring an end to its longest war, and contribute to peace and… Read More on “The Hill”