Stephen Hadley & John Podesta, Foreign Policy | January 20, 2012
The Afghanistan conflict is moving into a complex period and the US must make greater diplomatic efforts. ++ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described US strategy as "fight, talk, and build." ++ A bipartisan statement from US leaders must include all elements of society, including opposition groups, non-Taliban Pashtuns and ethnic minorities. ++ As part of a full diplomatic effort the US should engage in dialogue with the new Taliban office in Qatar. ++ But first the US must establish which leaders have authority to speak on behalf of the group.