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Exploring Options of Rapprochement with Taliban on the Perpetual State of War in Afghanistan
Afghanistan since the Soviet Invasion in 1979 and later by the USA in 2001 on the pretext of Global War
on Terrorism (WoT) has remained in a perpetual state of war even after the collapse of the USSR and
before US invasion. The fragile state with a lack of central government and dysfunctional state institutions
has created serious international and regional security issues with an influx of refugees, drugs, and above
all terrorism. The instability in Afghanistan has created national security problems for Pakistan and despite
enormous sacrifices and instability, Pakistan is in the eye of storms for not doing enough despite US active
military presence. The USs willingness to engage the Taliban for an honorable exit strategy and ensuring
that the government in Afghanistan is more representative, are in fact positive signals which need to be
capitalized by engaging all parties to the conflict.
Assistant Professor, Department of IR, National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Senior Research Fellow, Humanity Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Junior Research Fellow, Humanity Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan.
War on Terror, constructive engagement, Rapprochement