You Can Leave Afghanistan, but Will Afghanistan Leave You?

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Publication Date August 2021
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The global standing of the US and its allies will be harmed by the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan. Having suffered a defeat, at such a high human and financial cost, Western leaders need to ensure, first, that the damage is geographically contained, and that violent extremist groups elsewhere cannot copy the success of the Taliban; and, second, that the West itself does not turn inward and allow other powers, hostile to democracy, to fill the resultant vacuum. Leaving Afghanistan will be less of a challenge than getting over the after-shocks of defeat there.

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Cardiff EDC: 2021: European reaction to Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021
Council of the EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 31 August 2021

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