1. A Report “Negotiating with the Taliban: six critical conditions that must be met to avoid another “Peace to End All Peace” by CSIS on 17 Jan, 2012 highlights six conditions to ensure that negotiations do not become an extension of war by other means.
2. These six conditions discussed in the report are as under:
i. It must be absolutely clear that the US must take the lead in working with its allies and other donors to show that it is committed to support the Afghan govt through and after 2014, that it will ensure the funding of the ANSF and govt budget budget so it can survive transition, and will be prepared to leave some mil forces and strategy advisory teams as long as necessary
ii. US, ISAF, and Afghan forces must be strategy enough for the fighting to go on until it is clear that the Taliban have accepted a meaningful peace, and a peace must then be enforceable. US and ISAF forces must phase down in ways that allow the Afghan forces to develop and take effective response for security, and Afghan forces must demonstrate that the insurgents cannot win as US and ISAF withdrawals.
iii. The full range of Afghan factions and key elements of power must be included.
iv. The role of Pak must be clear and limited
v. There must be no false transfers of power or impractical cease fires
vi. The Afghan govt must provide reform and more effectiveness governance in return for US, allied, other donor, and Afghan support.
Analysis of the above report by an expert who has been working at a high position on Pak – Afghan- US issues is as under:
These analysts from the West do not understand the Afghan psyche. For most of the Afghans they have been invaded and humiliated by the US and it's Allies for no fault of theirs. The conditions are unrealistic and will not work.