How should the international aid community engage the Taliban state?

One year after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, Astri Suhrke and Arne Strand from the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) discuss how the international aid community should engage the Taliban state.

In this piece published by the Italian Institute for International Politics (ISPI), Suhrke and Strand write “the first step for the international aid community to exit what in the long run is an untenable situation is a broader engagement that entails cooperation with the administrative Taliban state. The second step is to wind back sanctions to enable the Afghan banking system and thereby the country’s traditionally enterprising private sector to play their part in meeting the immediate needs as well as economic recovery.”

Read the full piece here.

Astri Suhrke is an Associated Research Professor at CMI and Arne Strand is a Senior Researcher at CMI.