Following the release of President Trump’s strategy to end the Afghanistan conflict, Northeastern News spoke with director of the Northeastern Middle East Studies Program and WGSS affiliated faculty, Valentine Moghadam, to dive into feasible measures to bring the seventeen-year war to a close. Professor Moghadam noted that President Trump’s plan of deploying more troops, negotiating with the Taliban, and increasing diplomatic pressure on Pakistan, is unlikely to succeed. History informs this view, as years of attempted US intervention in Afghanistan have only served to further destabilize the state. Repeatedly it has been shown that US intervention and deployment of troops only leads to violent backlash from war-torn Middle Eastern states.
Professor Moghadam went on to propose a different strategy,
In order to truly end this bloodshed and bring about security and stability, the US needs to take the lead in helping to form a broad regional partnership including Iran, India, China, and Pakistan, as well as the neighboring countries of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan… if the US could work with these countries toward regional cooperation in a very honest way, it could be a real step forward… the way out may be a strategy of cooperation with regional actors… toward peace talks and a plan for economic and social development… the Taliban would have to be a part of peace talks… a broad united regional front could compel them not only to come to the negotiating table but also to accept conditions pertaining to women’s participation and rights, infrastructural development, and a stable political process.
Read the whole interview here.