Dr Farkhondeh Akbari is a postdoctoral research fellow at Monash University. Her research focus is on inclusive peace, diplomatic actors, feminist foreign policy and the women, peace, and security agenda. She has recently published research on the Taliban’s gender-apartheid regime in Afghanistan.
Returning diplomats to Afghanistan would send a terrible message to women and girls that the world has given up on them.
Unless Pakistan’s support to the Afghan insurgency is shut down, there is no chance of a lasting Afghan peace.
Bitter experience shows that a “rotten compromise” will carry within it the seeds of future war.
Despite the urgency for peace in Afghanistan, it is important to evaluate the characteristics of the Taliban.