Following the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan in August 2021, the information about what is happening on the ground has been limited. It appears however, that the Taliban's commitment to human rights has been minimal, with women having remained particularly at risk. At the same time, the West is struggling to offer realistic solutions to improve the future of the country. What is exactly happening on Afghanistan's ground? How worried should we be of Afghanistan as a site for future jihadi threats? Should we start discussions to recognise the Taliban? And given its prior involvement, what role, if any, should Britain play in the country?
To discuss these issues, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to gather a panel of world experts who will be exploring the consequences of Western withdrawal from Afghanistan and what can be done to prevent the country from becoming a hotbed for terrorism.