Does bin Laden‘s death in any way influence the so-called reconciliation process in Afghanistan? According to Inderfurth and Gharekhan, two NYT-authors, there is a “back-to-the-future” scenario threatening – something the Afghans fear the most:
“a vacuum created by the pullout of Western forces, the intensification of long-established regional rivalries, and a subsequent rise in instability inside Afghanistan itself.”
Their conclusion how to avoid this seems to be simple but hard to realize. Referring to the so-called Bonn Declaration of 2001 (read the details here) they propose an external political agreement – even with those who are suspicious on eachother – together with a regional agreement to provide “a mechanism to monitor its implementation.”
Read more: The Afghanistan Endgame by Karl F. Inderfurth and Chinmaya R. Gharekhan (New York Times)
Karl F. Inderfurth served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs and is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Chinmaya R. Gharekhan served as India’s special envoy for the Middle East and is a former U.N. under secretary general.