Pakistan's Sharif Visits Afghanistan as Taliban Ramp Up Attacks

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Media Outlet: Voice of America

Professor Anatol Lieven, a senior fellow at Washington’s New America Foundation, said much depends on whether the Afghan unity government is capable of talks with the Taliban. “Because it is so internally divided and there are so many people, of course especially on Abdullah’s side, who are opposed to talks with the Taliban. So, I am afraid one would probably see a long period of uncertainty and division before there is a possibility of a new political departure,” said Lieven.

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Anatol Lieven is a senior research fellow with New America's International Security program.