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Talking with the Pakistani Taliban

The question of whether governments should engage with talks with terrorist groups is at the center of international controversy due to attempts to negotiate with the Taliban movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Drawing on her own experiences from her interviews with Taliban activists and leaders in Pakistan this talk by Mona Kanwal Sheikh will draw out the counterinsurgency rationale behind talks with insurgent groups as well as the potential conflict de-escalating effects of meeting with the militants.