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Know Thine Enemy: Foreign Affairs Article by Archive Analyst Barbara Elias

November 2, 2009

Beyond the current debate about US strategy in Afghanistan lie more fundamental questions of who the Taliban are, how they are organized, what they want, and if they can be separated from al Qaeda. As Vice President Biden and other high-ranking US officials contemplate a policy of compromise with the Taliban in order to induce them to turn against al-Qaeda, a new article published today in Foreign Affairs by the National Security Archive’s Barbara Elias, Director of the Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Taliban project, outlines why this approach may be unrealistic.

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