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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.

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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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