At a time when the Taliban is trying to maximize its recent advances on the battlefield in order to win greater concessions from the U.S. at the negotiating table, the Trump administration is demanding Pakistan play a more proactive role in facilitating the political dialogue in Afghanistan. How will Khan construct a fresh bargain with the U.S. on Afghanistan when the trust deficit between the U.S. and Pakistan runs so deep?
This article is a prelude to our upcoming "Voices from Afghanistan" series. Haidari discusses the importance of follow-through by the International Community in the lead-up to the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago.
Anis discusses local civil society organizations in Afghanistan and the role they played in implementing elements of the Afghan constitution in the midst of political power vacuums that have persisted throughout many parts of the country.