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Afghanistan: assessing the terror threat in the west as the Taliban returns

By Michele Groppi, Teaching Fellow in Challenges to the International Order, Defence Studies Department, King's College London
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There is no other way to put it. The west’s failure in Afghanistan will be remembered as one of epic proportions. Not only has the coalition of nations that entered the country 20 years ago failed to export their values – they have failed to bring any stability to local governments or security to local people. In the process of retreating, Washington has arguably paved the way for other international actors, namely Beijing, to fill the void.

Now, as the Taliban hunts for those who collaborated with the west and prepare to crack down on basic freedoms, many fear the country will revert…

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