Ten Questions to Ask When Talking to the Taliban
Mar 1, 2012Posted by Amit Kumar, Ph.D.
1. Has the Taliban truly abided by the three preconditions for negotiation, namely renunciation of violence; severance of all ties with Al-Qaida and its affiliates on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghan border; and recognition of the democratic pluralistic nature of the Afghan Constitution? Can the Taliban give concrete assurances and guaranties that it will abide by these conditions in the future?
2. Whom are the Taliban representing—the Haqqani Network; the Quetta Shura; the Hezb-i-Islami; the Taliban as a whole; or the Pashtun population as a whole?
3. Are the Taliban open to a federal power sharing structure where they control the Pashtun dominated provinces in the South and the East, and the Tajiks and the Uzbeks control the Tajik and Uzbek dominated provinces in the North, while the Hazaras control the Hazara dominated provinces? Will it be at peace with a strong Afghan National Government which would be in-charge of National Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Currency? Will it participate in the elections for the Afghan National Assembly?
4. What relationship will the Taliban interested in having with the US, Pakistan, India, and Iran during negotiations and after the withdrawal of all US led ISAF combat troops? What role does it envisage for these countries after the withdrawal post 2014?
5. What relationship will the Taliban have with the Tajik and Uzbek dominated Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police? What assurances will it give that it will not infiltrate either of these law enforcement/military organizations?
6. Will Taliban support the reintegration of its foot soldiers into the mainstream of Afghan life and the reconciliation of its elite leadership into the Afghan political structure?
7. Will the Taliban support the economic development of Afghanistan including foreign investment by Afghanistan’s neighbors?
8. What role does the Taliban have in mind for the headless High Peace Council in the negotiations?
9. Will the Taliban accept multiple parties on the negotiation table, e.g. the Northern Alliance, the Hazaras, etc. in addition to the Afghan National Government, and the US?
10. Does the Taliban see an end to violence in war-torn Afghanistan by end-2014, i.e. when the US led ISAF withdraws its combat troops?
The views expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Center for National Policy.
Amit Kumar, Ph.D.
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