Persuading the Taliban to Stand Down in Afghanistan

Good luck: “Karzai plans to use next week’s Afghanistan donor conference in London to unveil an upgraded and, he hopes, better-funded plan to offer Taliban fighters not simply amnesty but also jobs, pensions, farmland and security from retribution in exchange for laying down their weapons. The program carries the support of the U.S., which is all too aware that the Taliban is unlikely to be vanquished on the battlefield and that ending the war depends on most of those currently fighting in Taliban ranks being convinced that they have more to gain by putting down their weapons.”

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