A New Afghanistan Agenda

On 2 September 2021, just two weeks after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan ATA UK held a webinar on “A New Afghanistan Agenda”. On the panel were: Stanislava Mladenova, Jack Segal, Jamie Shea, and Jim Townsend, and guest commentators were Sir Hugh Bayley and Baroness Kingsmill. The intention was not to focus on the …

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Afghanistan after the Withdrawal

As international forces leave Afghanistan, what does the future hold for this troubled state that has endured decades of internal conflict?

This paper provides the perspectives of two analysts in neighbouring Pakistan who explore the imminent challenges to Afghanistan’s peace and stability. Written before face-to-face talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, its insights into the fragile security situation remain wholly relevant.

In the authors’ view, the end of conflict in Afghanistan can end either of two ways: convening a People’s Grand Assembly to formulate a plan for a transitional, all-inclusive government, or a Taliban march on Kabul resulting in still further bloodshed and the establishment of a Taliban emirate.

The Nature of Conflict in the 21st Century

From 23 June to 1 July 2021, ATA UK supported the Spanish Atlantic Association and the Institute of International Politics in a series of webinars examining the nature of modern strategic competition and how armed forces and societies can adapt to this new environment characterized by conflict below the threshold of armed force. Participation was …

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Reflections and Lessons from NATO’s Past: Visions for NATO’s Future

On 2 June 2021, just a few weeks before a NATO Summit in Brussels, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen appeared an “ATA Talks” event where he drew upon his experiences as NATO Secretary General to analyze the issues expected to feature at the Brussels Summit. Lord Robertson was a former UK Defence Minister and was …

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