The Newsletter 55 Winter 2010

Negotiating with the Taliban: an Indian perspective

Sanjeeb Kumar Mohanty

Perceiving Pakistan’s growing centrality to diplomacy in Afghanistan, the West has planned its policy of identifi cation and engagement with the moderate Taliban. But India believes that in war there is no substitute for victory. Therefore, it has reasons to be wary of the idea of a political reconciliation with the Taliban. Crafting peace in Afghanistan requires the US not to overplay Pakistan’s sensitiveness towards Kabul, rather to be more attentive to Indian security concerns vis-à-vis Pakistan. Simply protecting its own interests in the region may not help the US in its mission.

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