Taliban multilateralism

The Times of India is reporting that the Taliban have sent a dispatch to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)–the Russia and China dominated regional body that has often been seen as a counter to U.S. influence in central Asia.

The letter, written in Pashto, signifies two important aspects. First, that the Taliban are functioning as a unified organisation, with a definite leadership, and feeling strong enough to seek negotiations as a political body. Second, the letter is an attempt to exploit the differences between
the China-Russia-CIS combine against the United States, highlighting the general perception that the SCO is intended to keep the US out of the Central Asian region.

No word yet on whether a response is forthcoming.


About David Bosco

Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Author of Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics and Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World
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