The idea of a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war gained new currency this week. At a conference in London, Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed to the international community to help his government reintegrate disaffected Taliban fighters.
And today a UN official said its mission chief had met with Taliban representatives earlier this month in a diplomatic overture.
In our weekly roundtable, James Rubin, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a former assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the pitfalls and possibilities of negotiating with the Taliban.
David Chater of Al Jazeera English reports on talk held in Maldives between Taliban commanders and Afghan government officials.