Cooperation with the Taliban to Counter Terrorism in Afghanistan

Ben Saul 31 Jan 2022
 
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Keywords: Taliban; Afghanistan; cooperation; counter-terrorism; international law; law enforcement; military; human rights; rule of law

This policy brief examines prospects for international cooperation with the unrecognised Taliban government in order to counter terrorism in Afghanistan, consistent with international law. It first sketches the levers for influencing the Taliban to suppress terrorism, before considering the possibilities for lawful foreign law enforcement and military cooperation.

Related readings:

Saul, B. “Recognition” and the Taliban’s International Legal Status. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 15 December 2021.

Maley, W. The Public Relations of the Taliban: Then and Now. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 17 September 2021.

Mehra, T. and Coleman, J. The Fall of Afghanistan: A Blow to Counter-Terrorism and Rule of Law Efforts. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 23 August 2021.

Mehra, T. and Wentworth, M. The Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan: Regional Responses and Security Threats. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 27 August 2021.