WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
The world is slowing getting a better idea of the new Taliban administration. But even if Afghanistan’s new leadership team is not entirely different from that of 20 years ago, there remains hope that we will see a different approach this time around – the much-discussed Taliban 2.0.
But just how likely is that? And just what can we expect in terms of diplomatic relations between the new Afghan leaders and the rest of the world. Sir Adam Thomson, former UK Permanent Representative to NATO, and former Foreign Office Director of South Asia and Afghanistan joins Stephen Cole to share his opinion.
MEET THE EXPERT
Sir Adam Thomson is now Director of the European Leadership Network, following a long and distinguished diplomatic career.
Between 2014 and 2016 he served as Permanent Representative to NATO after completing four years as the UK’s High Commissioner to Pakistan. Before that, he served as the UK Foreign Office’s Director for South Asia and Afghanistan between 2006 and 2009, and as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador from 2002-2006.
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