Iran Wants Sanctions Relief, Not Compromise

When the State Department agreed to let the Taliban open an office in Doha, Qatar in order to facilitate negotiations, senior American diplomats were unaware that they had already lost. After all, while the State Department—and some in the Pentagon—believed that they could facilitate talks with the Taliban if they allowed the Taliban an office overseas, what the Taliban leadership wanted all along was an office from which they could better connect to the international financial system, both to collect donations and launder cash. Once they got what they wanted, they had no reason to negotiate in good faith, and American diplomats were left twiddling their thumbs.

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Iran Wants Sanctions Relief, Not Compromise

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