Afghanistan: the time has come for realism

Afghan and US soldiers on an early morning patrol in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan (photo: dpa)
Afghan and US soldiers on an early morning patrol in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan (photo: dpa)

Peacemaking in Afghanistan is a daunting and seemingly impossible task. And the coming withdrawal of American forces in 2013 from Afghanistan has focused the minds of policy makers on the practical and on-the-ground solutions needed to ensure that the law and order of the Kabul government stretches across the country to provide a semblance of stability and a first step towards creating prosperity followed by peace.

Talks due to take place in Saudi Arabia between the Taliban and the Nato-backed Karzai government will conclude that it is impossible to reach a practical and lasting Afghan settlement without giving the Pashtun a sizeable slice of the Afghan pie.

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