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AfPak File: How has Afghanistan Changed, One Year After the U.S. Withdrawal?

42:50August 30, 2022

One year ago this week, the last US troops left Afghanistan. The American departure left Afghanistan fully in the grips of the Taliban, mired in a dreadful humanitarian and economic crisis, and increasingly vulnerable to terrorism. But it also ended nearly 40 years of war for Afghans. How has Afghanistan changed in the year since the withdrawal? What has been the impact on women and society, and on security in Afghanistan? And what is the best US policy for Afghanistan over the next year?

The latest episode of The AfPak File, a joint podcast of the Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, addresses these questions and more. Joining the debate are Rateb Noori, Afghanistan bureau chief for RFE/RL’s Azaadi Radio; Hosna Jalil, a former Afghan deputy minister of women’s affairs and former deputy minister of the interior; and Zala Zazai, a former police officer in Afghanistan. Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, moderates the debate.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.


Michael Kugelman

Michael Kugelman

Director, South Asia Institute
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