It goes without saying that the crisis in Afghanistan will create new risks for the region, but Central Asia has long lived with chaos on its borders, and already has twenty years of experience in dealing with the Taliban.
Western governments must be clear that any eventual engagement with the Taliban will have strict conditions, including respect for women’s rights. Speaking to the Taliban leadership should not be equated with legitimizing the new regime.
President Biden clearly wanted to give a presidential speech to mark the end of America's longest war and to avoid a wonky to-do list for the challenging follow-up that might be more appropriate for a Secretary of State.
The Taliban are back in power in Afghanistan. How will they deal with the other Islamic extremist groups that have mushroomed in the region since the Taliban were last in charge?
A discussion on the future of Afghanistan under the Taliban.
President Biden wrapped up the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan with an address to the nation. All U.S. troops are gone, as is almost every American citizen, leaving a country that was invaded in response to the September 11th attacks. Was it all worth it?
A discussion on the military equipment left behind in Afghanistan during the evacuation.
Russia has been eying the departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan with schadenfreude. But the Kremlin does not relish the prospect of an unstable Afghanistan.
Far from being exceptions, botched American withdrawals have tended to be the rule in the broader Middle East.
It has been difficult to have a serious, balanced conversation about what the United States and the Biden administration has done right in managing the exit from Afghanistan and what has been done wrong.