Afghan President Hamid Karzai has started talks with representatives of the Taliban, a move that analyst Fareed Zakaria says could bring an end to the nine-year-long war.
"Most civil wars end with some kind of negotiated settlement, and in the Afghan case this is inevitable," says Zakaria. "Much as we don't want to believe it, the Taliban is a part of Afghan society. It represents some section of the conservative Pashtun community. These people are not foreigners who will go away one day. Finding a way to integrate them into the political system is a good idea."
Watch his take above about the process, the likelihood for success without the U.S. at the negotiating table, and just how Pakistan fits into all this.
And read the full Q&A: How to end the war in Afghanistan
Your view: Talking to the Taliban
soundoff (10 Responses)