- New Taliban leader's biggest challenge is managing Pakistan
- He will also have to decide whether Taliban should participate in peace talks
Michael Semple is a visiting professor at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University Belfast. The views expressed here are solely his.
(CNN)In the year that he openly led the Afghan Taliban Movement, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who was killed by a U.S drone strike Saturday, proved to be a consummate political actor.