September the 11th 2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, an atrocity which led directly to the US invasion of Afghanistan.
Twenty years later, the Taliban are back in control of the country.
But what does this really mean for the future of Afghanistan and its people, politically, diplomatically and economically? That’s what we try to uncover on this week’s edition of The Agenda with Stephen Cole.
General David Petraeus, former commander of ISAF forces in the country joins Stephen to try to assess what recent events might mean for the global fight against terrorism.
Stephen also speaks to Sir Adam Thomson, once the UK’s Permanent Representative to NATO, as well as the UK Foreign Office’s former Director for South Asia and Afghanistan about his views on the new Taliban administration, and whether they or the US are ready to compromise in order to keep the country afloat.
And we also hear from Sam Mort, UNICEF’s Chief of Communication, Advocacy and Civic Engagement, who is still in Kabul, about her fears for the future of Afghanistan’s children, especially girls, facing the threats of drought and illness as the country is once again thrown into chaos. But also, her hopes that the Taliban will continue to engage with organizations like hers, and respect deals made in the past to ensure their female educations programs continue.
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