After the chaotic withdrawal of NATO forces in August, Afghanistan’s future is more uncertain than ever. The Taliban faces unprecedented governance challenges ranging from an economy in tatters to mounting internal security threats even as it seeks to impose strict religious and social rules of conduct on the Afghan people. While the United States does not recognize the Taliban government, practical considerations about the country’s security and humanitarian situation raise the question of what the future of U.S. policy should be, and how — or whether — Washington should engage with the Taliban going forward.
On November 12, Brookings hosted a virtual event to discuss the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan, and the future of U.S. policy there.
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PanelistVanda Felbab-Brown Director - Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and TechnologyMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy