The United States and the Taliban before and after 9/11

  • Jonathan Cristol

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jonathan Cristol
    Pages 11-23
  3. Jonathan Cristol
    Pages 93-105
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 107-110

About this book


This book tells the story of the United States’ relationship with the Taliban from the start of the Taliban movement until its retreat from Kabul in the face of the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The US and the Taliban held countless meetings, but could never come to a workable arrangement, and this book examines both why diplomatic recognition was so important to the Taliban government and why the US refused to recognize it. It presents a concise, readable, and interesting perspective on US/Taliban relations from the fall of Kabul in 1996 until the fall of Kabul in 2001.

Jonathan Cristol is Research Fellow in the Levermore Global Scholars Program at Adelphi University, USA, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College, USA.


Taliban Afghanistan 9/11 US foreign policy Al-Qaeda diplomatic recognition Kabul Osama bin Laden Middle East

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Cristol
    • 1
  1. 1.Levermore Global Scholars ProgramAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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