The EU engagement in Afghanistan. Insights and emerging lessons

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Series Details Number 7
Publication Date July 2022
ISBN 978-92-9462-095-8
ISSN 2315-1110
EC QN-AK-22-007-EN-N
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The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August 2021 and the subsequent collapse of the international state-building efforts in the country highlight the need for an analysis of the EU’s role and engagement in Afghanistan over the past two decades. Drawing on a series of roundtable consultations with senior Afghan and EU policy practitioners, experts and diplomats, this latest Brief in the EUISS Conflict Series identifies five key insights derived from the EU’s engagement in Afghanistan since 2001.

While the political debacle represented by the Taliban’s resumption of power risks dissuading European states from committing to future efforts to rebuild conflict-afflicted states, it is imperative that the European Union draws on the lessons from Afghanistan to inform and enhance its response to both present and future conflict.

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