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Online Event: After the Fall in Afghanistan

Scott R. Anderson
Sunday, August 15, 2021, 3:20 PM

On Monday, August 16th at 11:00am EST, a live panel of experts discussed the weekend’s events in Afghanistan and what the Taliban takeover may mean for the future of the country. Watch the video and read the transcript here.

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Over the past 48 hours, the unthinkable has become a reality in Afghanistan: the democratic government supported by the United States and its allies for the past two decades has collapsed and Taliban forces have claimed control of the country. The United States and its allies are working to rapidly evacuate their diplomatic and other personnel from the country, alongside some Afghan partners and their families. Meanwhile, thousands of other desperate Afghans without any way out of the country are now living in fear of what life will be like under the new Taliban regime.

On Monday, August 16th, at 11:00am EST, the Lawfare Podcast hosted a live discussion of the unprecedented state of affairs in Afghanistan with a panel of experts, including Madiha Afzal of the Brookings Institution, Laurel Miller of the International Crisis Group, and Jonathan Schroden of CNA. You can watch the event below and read the transcript here.

Scott R. Anderson is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow in the National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School. He previously served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State and as the legal advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

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