A Bumpy Road? Karzai Walks Away From Peace Talks

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Taliban fighters stand with their weapons. (AFP/Getty Images)

In Afghanistan, peace talks with the Taliban have already broken down.

On Tuesday, the U.S. military handed over control of security operations to Afghan forces and announced they would meet with the Taliban to begin the process of peace talks.

But just hours later, the Taliban launched a deadly ambush on an American convey. Meanwhile, Afghan officials separately announced they were ceasing cooperation with the U.S. over the transition of power there, and President Hamid Karzai has formally broke off peace talks with the parties.

We explore the idea of talking to your enemy and whether the Afghan government should engage in talks with the Taliban.

Bilal Sarwary, reporter for the BBC; Kristen Rouse, a three-tour veteran of Afghanistan; and Kurt Volker, former U.S. permanent representative to NATO, weigh in on these developments.

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Kristen L. Rouse

Produced by:

Tyler Adams

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

In the Taliban we see an example of heresy. Believing the wrong thing has bad consequences. This is the kind of enemy Catholic Europe fought in the Crusades in the Middle Ages, without the Crusades and the military religious orders the Muslims would have taken over Europe. Perhaps it changes our view of the Crusades.

Jun. 19 2013 09:17 AM

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