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Kamran Bokhari quoted in Baztab News on Afghan peace talks

Kamran Bokhari quoted in Baztab News on Afghan peace talks
DOHA, QATAR – SEPTEMBER 12: (—-EDITORIAL USE ONLY â MANDATORY CREDIT – “US DEPARTMENT OF STATE / HANDOUT” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS—-) Afghan Taliban’s deputy head Mullah Barada attends intra-Afghan peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents commenced in the Qatari capital Doha on September 12, 2020. The historic talks aim to end nearly two decades of armed insurgency in the war-torn country. (Photo by US Department of State / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“The Taliban knows that they cannot go back to their old emirate and will need to compromise because of their need for international recognition,” says Kamran Bokhari, a director at the Newlines Institute, a Washington-based think tank. “We could see a hybrid between their medieval Sunni ideal and a modern Western-style state.”

Bokhari says the likely outcome, if a peace deal is reached and the Taliban abide by it, is a “Sunni Afghan version of the Islamic Republic of Iran” — a republican system with a heavy theocratic layer.

Read the full article on Baztab News.

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