Tajikistan has no intention of getting into a direct confrontation with the Taliban. Rather, by taking a few more risks than its neighbors, the Tajik leadership is counting on boosting its popularity, both at home and abroad.
The only way to forestall the looming humanitarian and economic crisis in Afghanistan is to move beyond immediate emergency measures and evacuations, and even purely humanitarian aid, and open up a broader political discourse with the Taliban.
There is no question that Washington’s position in the broader Middle East was dented by the fiasco in Afghanistan. Ultimately, however, U.S. assets in the region are still unrivaled: the United States’ political and economic influence, hard power, soft power, embrace of multilateral diplomacy, and leadership of a rules-based global order continue to give it the upper hand over all its rivals.
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, neighboring Pakistan has promoted a vision of moderate Taliban rule and has argued on the group’s behalf for international support. But as the myth of moderation dissipates, will Pakistan’s plans pan out?
Join us for a conversation on Afghanistan and its neighbors with renowned Pakistani journalist and award-winning author, Ahmed Rashid and Carnegie's Aqil Shah.
A discussion on the lessons that can be learnt from Afghanistan and how the United States can work with allies and like-minded countries to promote democracy globally.
The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has left European capitals skeptical about such missions and critical of American leadership. The debacle should lead to frank discussions about NATO’s role and the EU’s defense ambitions.
Turkey’s success in finding a role in Afghanistan could bring its leadership valuable benefits.
America’s war in Afghanistan exhibits the danger of prolonging a combat mission past the point where its objective can be clearly defined and verifiably achieved, even when a record of success to date makes the cost of continuing into the future appear to be low.
The Afghan security forces’ gradual and then sudden collapse is a cautionary tale about other U.S. efforts worldwide to bolster foreign security sectors that are hamstrung by corrosive and endemic corruption.