What to look for in any deal between the U.S. and the Taliban

Guest commentary on the details of any any U.S.-Taliban deal will ultimately determine its success.


For many, like me, who worked on policy toward Afghanistan for years, recent leaks about an impending agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban bring mixed emotions. It is impossible to separate any deal from President Donald Trump's persistent declarations that he wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan now. Such assertions weakened the hand of...