Is US turning away from its decade old policy on Afghan dilemma?

America has been always a keen supporter of the war whether its middle east or any other region American always want to make things according to its own wishes through military force. Though it may this idea may be successful in the middle east but this idea cant is implemented in other regions. This is the case in the Afghanistan crisis.

  • Introduction:

  • America has been always a keen supporter of the war whether its middle east or any other region American always wants to make things according to its own wishes through military force. Though it may this idea may be successful in the middle east but this idea cant is implemented in other regions. This is the case in the Afghanistan crisis.


    After the destruction of the USSR and success in the Afghan war, the Americans decided to do the same mistake USSR did. That was to keep Afghanistan in its own control and not giving people the right to rule. So after the Soviet invasion failed, a new Afghan government was formed that included the Taliban. Soon after the formation of the government Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the relationship between the Taliban and the US government deteriorated. The reason for worsening ties are as follows:


    1. The government of the Taliban was not democratic at all. They were barbaric.
    2. Secondly, America was losing control of Afghanistan, in other America's influence in South Asia would have been greatly reduced.
    3. Thirdly if America had lost control of Afghanistan, there was a chance that Russia would have capture Afghanistan again.
    4. By having a presence in Afghanistan America would be able to keep a check on Russia as well as China.

  • American historic stance towards Afghanistan:

  • After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan,  America change its stance towards the Taliban. There was a time when the Taliban were given billions of dollars without asking. They were given special visas without conditions. But after the Taliban took control the American became harsher and decided to overthrow and destroy the Taliban. They decided to deploy the army in Afganistan and asked for Pakistan support in this operation. So Nato forced were deployed. Pakistan has never been a supporter of the war and always asked for dialogue with the Taliban but America though that they can win this war and always thought that they can easily win. So the second invasion started with the aim of eliminating the Taliban in 2002 with more than 10000 ground troops plus air assistance, now after more than a decade of war Americans still failed to gain half of Afghanistan. Such a superpower cant destroy the Taliban, so this war is a total shame for America because even after having been in Afghanistan for more than a decade, they can't even take control of half of Afghanistan. Americans always rejected the suggestion of Pakistan for dialogue.

  • Change in the stance of America:

  • After such a shame the American decided to hold talks but not directly with the Taliban. They still thought of defeating them but in 2015 process of dialogue started and America asked for Pakistan to help and Pakistan. But the Taliban conditioned it and they wanted to directly hold talks with American. America resisted this idea in recent years but they agreed and established Taliban office in Qatar. Nowadays the US special envoy for Afghan peace is holding talks with the Taliban. 

  • Conclusion:

  • Although America wanted some other results they failed to achieve. Now even Donald Trump wants to have a dialogue with the Taliban. Though the dialogue process has been started and was in a very important stage when they were called dead. I hope the talks are reproductive and I wish the war ends.

  • Sources:

    1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52199398
    2. https://thediplomat.com/tag/u-s-afghanistan-policy/
    3. https://foreignpolicy.com/tag/afghanistan/
    4. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/afghanistan-peace-process-danger-unravelling-200331125913850.html
    5. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/the-afghan-peace-process-where-do-we-go-from-here/

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