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Dies Irae: The Day of Wrath in Afghanistan

To the shock of the international community, the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops took mere days.


Frank Gardner

Security Correspondent, BBC

Ben Hodges
Ben Hodges

Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, Center European Policy Analysis

Edgars Rinkevics
Edgars Rinkēvičs

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

Vikas Swarup
Vikas Swarup

Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of India


Slyvie Kaufman
Sylvie Kauffmann

Editorial Director and Foreign Affairs Columnist at Le Monde

Few doubted that western military presence should be ended. But the chaotic implementation of this policy has led many to question the credibility of the US, and its international role. NATO allies are irritated at the lack of consultation and fearful of another migration crisis.

  • What is the immediate future for Afghanistan?
  • Could instability spill across its borders to Central Asia?
  • How will the withdrawal affect US domestic and foreign politics?
  • What will be the impact on transatlantic relations?
  • Does the situation present opportunities for Russia and China?

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