Bonn Chance? No Chance


When Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with some 100 high-level Afghan and international delegations, met Dec. 5 in Bonn, Germany, for a conference on Afghanistan's future, the gathering was more remarkable for who didn't show up: Pakistan's envoy and a representative from the Taliban. Considering that those two elements hold the keys to Afghanistan's long-term stability, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Bonn II, held exactly 10 years after the first international conference on the country's future, would be more fizzle...

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