Why shouldn’t the Taliban win?
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A Joint Special Operations University monograph that analyzes the Battle of Mazar-e Sharif at the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan
Full text available here: https://jsou.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=61118806
Ensuring the Taliban do not seek a battlefield victory will require sustained U.S. attention and resources.
Meghan L. O’Sullivan; Vikram J. Singh; Johnny Walsh
Full Article: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/how-prevent-fresh-hostilities-afghan-peace-talks-progress
Many peace processes experience at least short-term reversions to violence. Even a successful Afghan peace process will be at risk of the same, especially in the likely event that the United States and its allies continue to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Ideally, such troop reductions would move in parallel with de-escalatory measures by the Taliban and other armed actors on the ground. A healthy dose of realism is in order, however. Though the Taliban and others in Afghanistan are unlikely to ever fully disarm or demobilize, persistent resources and attention from the United States and its allies can help prevent any regression to full-scale violence during the years of any peace agreement’s implementation.
As the Afghanistan peace negotiations (APN) progress, there is considerable focus on the details of the U.S. troop drawdown, but less attention is given to parallel moves the Taliban may make as the U.S. military capacity to challenge it diminishes. To ensure a lasting peace, the United States and its partners should strive to minimize the possibility that, once international forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the Taliban remobilize and seek a battlefield victory.
In December 2019, Congress established the Afghanistan Study Group and tasked it with identifying policy recommendations that “consider the implications of a peace settlement, or the failure to reach a settlement, on U.S. policy, resources, and commitments in Afghanistan.”
Full Report: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/afghanistan-study-group-final-report-pathway-peace-afghanistan
By Jason Criss Hawk
Full Article: https://news.clearancejobs.com/2021/01/29/andsf-versus-the-taliban-militia-if-peace-talks-fail/
A roundup of news, analysis, and commentary about the war in Afghanistan.
-A report the the U.S. Treasury Department that Al Qaeda is gaining strength in Afghanistan
-Assassination threats against Afghan Journalists
-Released Taliban prisoners being recaptured
-A net assessment of the ANSDF and the Taliban
-The beginnings of the new adminstration's approach to Afghanistan
-Updates on peace talks