Jessie Durrett

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Jessie Durrett is a graduate student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She has focused her career and studies on multilateral and U.S. foreign policy approaches to issues at the intersection of sustainable development and inclusive security. Prior to graduate school, Jessie worked on international development policy, political analysis and human rights.

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Foreign Policy Essay

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Unintended Consequences of U.S.-Taliban Talks

Editor’s Note: Americans are weary of the war in Afghanistan, and peace talks between the United States and the Taliban are raising hopes that this forever war might finally end. Jessie Durrett, a graduate student at Princeton University, argues that the current structure of negotiations is a mistake. She contends the Taliban are not likely to make good on many promises, and excluding the Afghan government further weakens a key U.S. partner.

Daniel Byman