Settling the Afghan War
By LAKHDAR BRAHIMI and THOMAS R. PICKERING
Published: March 22, 2011
DESPITE the American-led counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, the Taliban resistance endures. It is not realistic to think it can be eradicated. Efforts by the Afghan government, the United States and their allies to win over insurgents and co-opt Taliban leaders into joining the Kabul regime are unlikely to end the conflict.