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Taliban Perspectives on Reconciliation

10 September 2012, 9:30
Presenting the findings and policy implications of a new RUSI briefing paper on Taliban reconciliation.

With the Western military draw-down in Afghanistan drawing closer, attention now turns to the shape of the post-2014 political settlement. Some form of accommodation with the Taliban will be required for a stable and secure Afghanistan.

This RUSI briefing paper, 'Taliban Perspectives on Reconciliation', presents the findings of discussions with senior Taliban figures, suggesting that the Taliban and the international community may in fact have reconcilable positions.

Michael Semple, Theo Farrell and Anatol Lieven - three of the report's authors - will present their findings in detail at this RUSI discussion event open to the public.

The briefing paper will be released on Monday 10 September, and all attendees will be provided with a paper version upon arrival. The briefing will also be downloadable in the usual manner from RUSI Publications.

About the Speakers

Michael Semple is a Fellow of Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights and former deputy to the European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan.

Theo Farrell is Professor of War in the Modern World in the Department of War Studies, King's College London.

Anatol Lieven is Professor of Terrorism and International Relations in the Department of War Studies, King's College London.

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