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Afghanistan, United States and Regional Developments: The Path Forward

Dr. Sohail Mahmood – 12 September 2021 On August 30, the war in Afghanistan ended. America had managed to evacuate some 123,000 civilians from Kabul, including 6,000 Americans. The twenty-year war had a high cost. Some 2,461 US soldiers and civilians were killed.  On August 26  a terrorist bombing killed 13 soldiers in Kabul. President Biden on August 31, 2021…

Hard Questions for NATO post-Afghanistan

Stefanie Babst, Internationale Politik Quarterly – 2 September 2021 “The Western allies need to review what went wrong in Afghanistan with a genuine sense of humility. Otherwise they are bound to repeat the same mistakes in the future”. This article on Internationale Politik Quarterly looks at four hard questions for NATO after the fall of…

The writing’s on the wall for Kabul’s street art scene

Amy Kazmin, Financial Times – 9 September 2021 Upon taking over the city, the Taliban decimated Kabul’s colourful street art which, for many, had provided a cheerful sign of hope during troubled times. In this article on the FT, Amy Kazmin looks at the outlook for arts and culture within the country under Taliban rule.…

What Are the Taliban’s Plans for Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage?

Helen Holmes, Observer – 8 September 2021 According to this article, the resurgence of the Taliban and chaotic scenes in Kabul cause uncertainty and concern over the future of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. This concern is particularly intensified when looking at previous incidents such as that in 2001 when the Taliban destroyed the Buddha statues in…

The west’s nation-building fantasy is to blame for the mess in Afghanistan

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian – 20 August 2021 As Kabul falls to the complete power of the Taliban, serious questions are being asked around the world of the west’s moral authority and intentions after 9/11. This article on The Guardian argues “if they [western regimes] crave moral outreach, it should be through the imperialism of…

Afghanistan: Peace demands sacrifice

Taj Ayubi, Al Jazeera – 10 August 2021 Dialogue between regional and international actors and sacrifices on both of the warring sides are needed to ensure the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan, according to this report on Al Jazeera. The article states “when it comes to all matters of the country, including war and peace,…

Where are Australia’s liberal values when it comes to Afghanistan?

Daryl Guppy, South China Morning Post – 17 July 2021 In this opinion article on SCMP, Daryl Guppy questions Australia’s adherence to its liberal values regarding delays in granting visas to the Afghan subcontractors who supported the Australian forces during their military occupation. Guppy states “walking away from those who put their lives on the…

Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow OBE, The Scotsman – 10 June 2021 In this short article on The Scotsman, Asia Scotland Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE, reflects on the large numbers of Scottish servicemen and women killed in conflicts within Afghanistan. He also considers our recent webinar ‘The Future of Afghanistan’, in which the panellists and most of…