Short on options in Afghanistan, the United States is pressing the Taliban on several issues even as they cooperate on urgent priorities. The Taliban will not compromise on their core interests but could partner on narrowly defined mutual objectives.
Elizabeth Threlkeld is a fellow and deputy director of the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program, where she researches regional politics and security issues. She formerly served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State in Islamabad and Peshawar, Pakistan.
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