The Future of Regional Engagement with Afghanistan and the Taliban
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Following the U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban now control the vast majority of Afghan territory and the machinery of government. The country is still highly reliant on outside aid, most of which is suspended. Many countries have chosen to shutter their diplomatic missions, with only China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and a handful of smaller regional countries maintaining embassies and consulates. How will these countries interact with a new Taliban-led government? What leverage might they exert and to what end? What does the regionally-led diplomacy mean for the United States?
Join a discussion with Ambassador Omar Samad, who served as Afghan ambassador to Canada and France; Yun Sun, who is a senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China program at the Stimson Center; Ibraheem Bahiss, who serves as a consultant for the International Crisis Group and has a granular understanding of the contemporary Taliban; and Zahid Hussain, a distinguished Pakistani journalist and author of several books on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The conversation will be moderated by QI’s Anatol Lieven.