All the more heartbreaking because it didn't have to go this way. Now Afghanistan is completely off the tracks with the Afghan people, once again, paying the bill for decisions that are made elsewhere.
In this episode, Shruti speaks with Jennifer Murtazashvili about the problems with imposing liberal democracy in Afghanistan, building state capacity, education, the role of the U.S. in the Ghani government’s collapse and much more.
It is an interesting time to see how Central Asian states perceive what's going on in Afghanistan. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are the two main players on the border region.
But there was no local governance. There was no opportunity to participate. And what Afghans really wanted after all these years was really a chance to participate and they were never given that opportunity.
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.
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 future of Afghanistan under the Taliban.
A discussion on the military equipment left behind in Afghanistan during the evacuation.
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.
The collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government and the almost unimpeded resurgence of the Taliban occurred with a speed that confounded even the most pessimistic assessments of how long the government of Ashraf Ghani could survive following the unilateral withdrawal of the United States’ military presence.