If the talks are to lead to anywhere, meetings must include representatives who can deliver results on the ground.
Barnett Rubin is a leading expert on Afghanistan and South Asia. He is the author of eight books and is currently senior fellow and director at the Ce... nter on International Cooperation at New York University. He was previously senior advisor to the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dr. Rubin has advised the United Nations, NATO, the United States and the Afghan government on numerous policy matters, including aid policy, security policy, and diplomatic strategy.
Pakistan could use its influence on Afghan Taliban groups to protect the new TAPI gas pipeline.
Ideological and religious differences will continue to limit ISIL’s ability to recruit from Afghan Taliban.