Afghanistan

SUB. Afghanistan: Tougher Tests Lie Ahead for Taliban’s Resolve to Govern

Key Takeaways  The new Afghan interim government comprises male, Pashtun members of the Taliban inner circle; it is not an inclusive administration as was promised by the Taliban. However, the delayed formation of the government and some cabinet appointments underscore the difficulty in securing a consensus across various factions. Factions within the group could drive …

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The State of Global Terrorism on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean Join Sibylline CEO, Justin Crump, as he reflects on the state of global terrorism 20 years after 9/11 with three of our experts: Eloise Scott, Lead Analyst for the Middle East and Africa, James Barth, North America Analyst, and Aedan Mordecai, Asia-Pacific Analyst. In this episode, the team discuss …

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SUB. Gulf-Afghanistan: Taliban Rule Threatens to Further Upset Regional Dynamics

Key Takeaways    The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan threatens to exacerbate regional divides and upset delicate balances, particularly between Gulf states amongst whom relations remain fragile. Notably, should Qatar adopt a more dominant role as regional power broker, it risks straining recently revived ties with other Gulf states such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia.     The Taliban’s consolidation of power will provide Iran with an opportunity to bolster its geopolitical leverage given Tehran’s relative isolation under severe US sanctions. An emboldened Iran will likely deepen Saudi concerns despite recent …

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Discussing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Listen on iTunes Listen on PodBean The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the unfolding crisis have dominated the global headlines in recent days. While the eventual fall of the civilian government in Kabul had been foreseen, the speed of the Taliban’s advance and the capitulation of the Afghan National Army shocked the international community. As …

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