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AfPak File: Assessing Taliban-Led Afghanistan, One Year Later

August 15, 202242:32

One year ago this week, the Taliban entered Kabul without having to fire a single bullet. The government collapsed, and the president fled the country, leaving the Taliban in full control of Afghanistan. How have Afghans responded to the first year of Taliban rule? What have been the impacts, especially on education and women? What factors have driven the Taliban’s decisions and policies? What has the Taliban takeover meant for Afghanistan’s neighbors? And what might the next year bring for Taliban rule in Afghanistan? The latest episode of The AfPak File, a joint podcast of the Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, answers these questions and more. Joining the discussion are Lynzy Billing, an investigative journalist and photographer who has reported frequently from Afghanistan over the last year; Pashtana Dorani, an Afghan activist and executive director of LEARN, an NGO focused on education and health; Ashley Jackson, co-director of the Center for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute; and Andres Ilves, director for the Near East Region with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, moderates the debate.

This podcast was originally posted by RFE/RL.


Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

Director, South Asia Institute
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