ON-Lion Letter
"Afghanistan remains a major battleground for the struggle between the forces of modernity and Islamist obscurantism" and "[t]he Taliban continue to pose a major threat to Afghanistan's security, as well as to the reformation of a modern Afghan state," notes scholar Husain Haqqani in an article featured in the new Current Trends in Islamist Ideology

Haqqani is a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.  With other Hudson fellows Hillel Fradkin and Eric Brown, he co-edits the journal, which is published by Hudson's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the center.

A former Pakistani diplomat, Haqqani is also director of the Center for International Relations and an associate professor at Boston University.

Afghanistan's "Karzai government is still struggling to establish the writ of the state throughout the country," he writes in the piece, "Afghanistan's Islamic Groups."  "In doing so, it has accommodated several Islamist factions ... in the government.  Efforts have also been made to identify Taliban leaders who might be labeled moderate and, therefore, allowed to participate in the legitimate political process. ....

"For the foreseeable future," Haqqani concludes, "the shadow if Islamist groups will continue to loom over the West's efforts to advance Afghanistan's reconstruction."
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