Laying the Groundwork for a New Afghanistan

U.N. Special Envoy Francesc Vendrell discusses the challenges to be faced before a new, post-Taliban government can take power in Kabul

As the Taliban's hold on power in Afghanistan looks increasingly tenuous, international efforts are intensifying to put together an alliance that could form the basis for a broad-based coalition government. However, this is an enormously complicated task in a country that has been deeply divided and shattered by two decades of war. It will require balancing the interests of Afghanistan's many ethnic and religious groups, while also allaying the concerns of neighbors such as Iran and Pakistan. The wishes of the international community, which wants to ensure that Afghanistan will no longer be a breeding ground for terrorism under a new regime, also must be taken into account.

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