Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 07/2014

Reconciling With the Taliban?: Toward an Alternative Grand Strategy in Afghanistan

Ashley J. Tellis

April 2009

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Negotiating with the Taliban is the worst possible approach the U.S. could adopt in its effort to stabilize Afghanistan. Instead, the U.S. must signal long-term commitment to rebuilding the nation.