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Negotiated Settlement in Afghanistan: Elements of a Grand Bargain

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Technical Report

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US Army Training and Doctrine Command Ft Eustis United States

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It is not yet clear whether reconciliation in Afghanistan is possible. But what has become increasingly clear is that certain critical elements must be addressed and overcome before any semblance of long-term stability in Afghanistan can emerge. This report is structured into three main sections 1 contextualizing the current pressure toward reconciliation in terms of what Afghans want, 2 breaking down a potential negotiated settlement into its essential component parts, and 3 looking at some of the spoilers that make this process particularly difficult in Afghanistan. This report does not seek to establish the ground truth from an objective perspectivesuch an effort is not possible in the context of competing interests of stakeholders both inside and out of Afghanistan. Instead, it seeks insights from leading experts from a variety of viewpoints that hopefully lead to a more nuanced understanding of the critical paths and roadblocks to a grand bargain in Afghanistan.

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  • Government and Political Science

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