Refusing To Recognize the Taliban: A Pointless Wilsonian Practice in US Diplomacy Continues

by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Although the Taliban regime in Kabul now controls the bulk of Afghanistan, the Biden administration’s policy toward the government remains unclear. Some officials indicate that Washington wants Kabul’s cooperation with respect to ISIS-K. At the same time, it appears that the administration will refuse to establish diplomatic relations with the new government. Indeed, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain even stated that it was uncertain if the United States ‘will ever’ recognize the Taliban. That would be a myopic, fruitless policy, but one that is all too likely. Refusing to develop and maintain normal relations with governments that have incurred the displeasure of U.S. leaders is a feature that has corrupted US diplomacy for more than a century.” (09/06/21)