As election looms, Afghanistan’s history offers lessons – and hope

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Thomas Barfield, College of Arts & Sciences

As foreign troops draw down and a new president takes office, the sort of dealmaking among Afghans that could promote stability might actually grow easier. A triumphant Taliban march on Kabul – or even their old stronghold of Kandahar – is unlikely…

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“Gorbachev didn’t give Najibullah’s government more than six months. But he outsurvived the Soviet Union, and I think if [the Soviet Union] hadn’t collapsed that we might be going to Najibullah’s 20th anniversary in power right now.”

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