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U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Within Reach: Lessons from Soviet Withdrawal

August 15, 2019

Episode Notes:

An Afghanistan peace deal between the U.S. and the Taliban appears plausibly within reach. What lessons can be drawn from the Soviet withdrawal experience to achieve a good outcome for the U.S. now?

Artemy Kalinovsky, Senior Lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, who has written extensively on the Soviet experience in Afghanistan and author most recently of Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan, joins the WarCast to consider the relevance of the Soviet experience to current U.S. goals.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 1:03 ] Comparing Afghanistan aims between U.S. and Soviet experiences
[ 2:44 ] Soviet management with Kabul leadership during withdrawal
[ 4:30 ] Lessons on Kabul-led peace deals
[ 6:50 ] Main lessons from the Soviet withdrawal
[ 9:14 ] Credible assurances from the Taliban and the emerging role of the Islamic State

Twitter: @ArtemyMK

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