Do the right thing: Talk with the Taliban and lift sanctions on aid

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Adam Weinstein

“Recognition of a Taliban government should depend on its behavior going forward. But the goal of U.S. diplomacy should be to engage with the people — not just the leaders — of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is quickly descending into a humanitarian disaster with rapid inflation and dispensation of cash from ATMs coming to a grinding halt. It is largely reliant on development and humanitarian aid provided by the United States and other Western countries. All indicators suggest that China does not view Afghanistan as an attractive opportunity for investment or one that is immediately beneficial to its Belt and Road Initiative in the short-term. … Thus it is incumbent upon the world to find a way to provide humanitarian and development assistance even if it means working with the Taliban.” (09/04/21)