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This report is based on a February 23, 2010 meeting of experts on media and conflict convened by the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Center of Innovation for Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding to consider opportunities and challenges for peacebuilding media in Afghanistan. The session featured presentations by distinguished experts representing the full range of media activities in country, including strategic communications, public diplomacy, radio/television/Internet/cell phone programming, training and regulation. More than 50 policymakers, producers, government officials, military officers and scholars attended the daylong meeting. Sheldon Himelfarb, executive director of USIP’s Center of Innovation for Media, moderated the session and prepared this report with the assistance of Colin Durkin.
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There has been an amazing amount of new peace effforts in the Afghan War from the Government of India. Despite past hostility to the Taliban India told Afghan Presdent Karzai that they would go along with what ever Karzai and the Taliban work out,
At one point the Saudisrefused to mediate unless the Taliban first denounce bin Laden,
Several former Afghan hawks now think any more war their is a waste,
At one point a peace group met with the then head of Pakistan
May 2011 would be a good time for these past effort to continue
The feeling in the US that the US fighting in Afghanistan serves no, or now serves no useful purpose is growing. Perhaps purposing small steps could get peace steps rolling
I wrote a blog article, “Small is Beautiful Afghan Peace Steps”,
but the feedback I got so-far is that it is hard to follow, so I’ll try to write a clear summary.
Possibly the worst scenario for US excite from Afghanistan would be a situation similar to Black Friday at the beginning of the depression where the dollar rather than just the stock market suddenly loses most of it’s value. Then the next day US troops head home under panicky conditions, as panic spreads among any Afghan who might suspect that the Taliban may have some reason to be mad at them. At the very minimum, if things are more orderly, the Taliban would have no problem agreeing to stay out of Kabul for a month, or/and a temporary transitional government there. Hong Cong maintaining somewhat different laws than the rest of China, which ends up making a whole lot of business sense there. So it’s possible that the US leaving will lead to happy memories unlike the years following Soviet withdrawal.
My unique suggestion similar to what Martin Luther King might suggest that the Taliban suddenly announce that they want to appoint Hamid Karzai to me the Mayor of Kabul, and make American soldiers and Afghan government officials less interested in continuing to fight.
By Richard Kane