Policy Brief - Deradicalization, Disengagement and Reintegration of former Taliban

Military strategy dominated last decade’s fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.  While military strategy brought much success, arguably it may have also contributed to the radicalization of some Afghans on both sides of the Af-Pak border.  It is time to focus on countering violent extremism (CVE) in Afghanistan. 

The United States (U.S.) is committed to continue to support Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism during the transformation period 2015-2024. The “U.S. Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism” is part of the fight against violent extremism globally is one such program of de-radicalization – an aspect of CVE.  Other countries have also adopted similar de-radicalization strategies, but Afghanistan has no such national strategy or action plan hitherto.

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