Since the fall of Kabul in August, 2021, the Taliban have held effective control of Afghanistan—a scenario few Western commentators anticipated. Yet reestablishing control after a twenty-year-long bitter war against the Republic of Afghanistan poses a complex challenge. The Taliban is now facing debilitating threats—from humanitarian crises to the Islamic State in Khorasan—but also engaging on the world stage, particularly with China and central Asian states. What is the Taliban’s strategy now that they’ve returned to power? In his new book The Return of the Taliban, National Defense University Professor and former New America fellow Hassan Abbas examines the resurgent Taliban, profiles its key leaders, and provides an important look at conditions in Afghanistan today.
Join New America's International Security Program for a discussion of the Taliban and Afghanistan after America. To discuss this topic, New America welcomes Hassan Abbas, author of The Return of the Taliban and Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Center, National Defense University. He was a 2017 Carnegie Fellow and a 2018 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America, and is the author of numerous books, including The Taliban Revival and The Prophet’s Heir.
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Hassan Abbas, @Watandost
Distinguished Professor of IR, National Defense University
Former New America Fellow
Peter Bergen, @peterbergencnn
Vice President, New America
Co-Director, Center on the Future of War, ASU
Professor of Practice, ASU
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