A Template for a Peace Deal in Afghanistan

Nov 9, 2016 | 09:02 GMT
A Template for a Peace Deal in Afghanistan
A supporter of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar holds placards in Herat on Oct. 5. Kabul's recent truce with Hekmatyar's militant group could someday serve as a template for a larger peace deal with the Taliban.
(AREF KARIMI/AFP/Getty Images)

Of the many challenges awaiting the next U.S. president, winding down four decades of war in Afghanistan will certainly be one of the most complex. Recent developments, however, offer some insight into what a lasting peace deal might look like. Though the path to end the Afghan conflict will no doubt be long and treacherous, Kabul's newfound willingness to explore other means of negotiating with the Taliban -- and the militants' willingness to parley without Pakistan by their side -- have begun to spur the process forward....

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