From Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel: ‘Divide And Conquer’

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“The United Nations estimates that only 170 Taliban flipped sides late last year, but the Afghan government now hopes that its new initiative will lure a significant number of the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 active Taliban fighters in from the cold.”

Meet the Afghan people where they are and address basic needs…and hope for the best?

…And as for the government?:  It will be controlling from 20 to 50% of foreign aid this year, according to the CSM.

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