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Virtual Event | US Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s Return, One Year Later
Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021. (AFP via Getty Images)
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Virtual Event | US Withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s Return, One Year Later

One year after the withdrawal of American and allied forces from Afghanistan, the country faces multiple crises while the world’s attention has moved on. After the Taliban returned to power, women and girls lost their basic rights, ethnic and religious minorities lost their lives, and the economy collapsed. The United States found and recently eliminated al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, indicating that ties between international terrorist groups and the Taliban endure and that the Taliban is unwilling to abide by the Doha Accords. Having withdrawn from Afghanistan, the US must now deal with the continued terrorist threat there and confront the consequences of Taliban rule.

On the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, please join a Hudson Institute panel with Ambassador Javid Ahmad, former ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirates and non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council; Matin Bek, former chief of staff to former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani; Metra Mehran, fellow, Center for Global Affairs, New York University School of Professional Studies; and Bill Roggio, senior fellow and editor of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Long War Journal. Hudson Senior Fellow and former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani will moderate the discussion.

This event will air publicly on this page on Monday, August 15, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Speakers

Ambassador Husain Haqqani

Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute, and Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States

Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Editor, Long War Journal

Javid Ahmad

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, and Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirates

Matin Bek

Former Chief of Staff to the Afghan President

Metra Mehran

Fellow, Center for Global Affairs, New York University School of Professional Studies

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