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The Deteriorating Situation in Afghanistan: Expertise from the Wilson Center
Recent days have witnessed the rapid collapse of the Afghan military and the resignation of its government, with the Taliban returning to national power after nearly two decades of conflict. American diplomats and development officials are being evacuated from Kabul by the U.S. military, and thousands of Afghans are attempting to flee. Experts from the Wilson Center – rated best in the world for regional studies for several years – examine the implications what is unfolding for Afghanistan, its people, the region, and the United States.Click here for their insights and analysis
Director, Asia Program; Acting Director, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy
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The 21st century will be defined by what happens in Asia. It is the source of incredible economic growth and tremendous upward potential, but is also riven with uncertainty, tension, and competition.
Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia
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"Afghanistan is facing a pivotal moment. We’ve heard this before, but it’s never been more true today. The final U.S. withdrawal, unprecedented Taliban gains, and a floundering peace process underscore just how much Afghanistan’s future hangs in the balance."
Deputy Director for Geoeconomics and Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Asia Program
Jean H. Lee
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North Korea’s nuclear weapons are such a source of strength and pride for the people, and such a key strategic tool for Kim, that it’s hard to see him giving them up entirely.
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