Lucy Morgan Edwards, a former Economist correspondent, was interviewed on the BBC this morning and painted a very pessimistic picture. The US (and the UK) she argued have agreed to speak to the Taliban without preconditions because Pakistan will not allow the withdrawal of troops and materiel over its territory without a deal. The Taliban, she says, are controlled completely from Islamabad. If her conclusions are right, it has worrying implications for both India and the West. She is one of the co-authors of this long but compelling report to the UK parliament on the dangers of negotiating with the Taliban. She advocates a return to tribal government instead.