NATO and American forces are departing from Afghanistan after over a decade engaged in fighting the Taliban or al-Qaeda and the question remains, what comes after? President Hamid Karzai and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan met with UK Prime Minister David Cameron in order to emphasize their commitment to further the cause of peace in Afghanistan. A statement from Downing Street noted that both sides committed them selves “to take all necessary measures to achieve the goal of a peace settlement.”
In other words, both sides recognize the reality of an agreement with the Taliban is there is to be peace in Afghanistan-and Pakistan. Perhaps, good news for many in Afghanistan, but not so good news for women in that nation.