Farkhondeh Akbari is a PhD candidate at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University. Her research focus is on actors in diplomacy – peace settlement negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
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.