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DIIS conference: The Taliban and Afghanistan – beyond 2014

November 26, 2013

DIIS LogoYou cannot get into this conference now – but I’m going and will take some notes for you.

As a military defeat of the Taliban prior to the NATO pull-out in 2014 seems ever more unlikely, there is increasing openness to thinking about the Taliban as a movement that must be factored in when considering Afghan politics after 2014. This development requires us to abandon the predominant one-dimensional concept of “the enemy” – as tied to earlier military objectives – in order to better understand: How is the Taliban of 2013 different from that of the 1990’s? Which role might the Taliban play over the coming years? Will they negotiate for political power, and over which issues? And could they play a role in stabilizing Afghanistan?

Look at the list of speakers:

  • Alex Strick van Linschoten
  • Felix Kuehn
  • Michael Semple
  • James Fergusson
  • Anand Gopal

Tomorrow will be a very valuable series of talks addressing a crucial issue and I am quite excited.

So you would do well to keep an eye on the Danish Institute for International Studies as they do put together some consistently good Afghanistan- and Pakistan-related talks.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Qaisar permalink
    November 28, 2013 3:30 am

    What did Semple have to say ? More apologist talk on the benefits of the Taliban ?

  2. November 28, 2013 9:09 am

    Hi Qaisar. Well, that’s a little harsh, to say the least. Am sifting through my notes and will write something up in the next day or so. Cheers. Tim

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