Here are a few sources from recent days with hopefully interesting ideas about the current situation in Afghanistan.
- A Zoom interview with Benon Sevan, a longtime senior official with the UN and former personal representative of the secretary-general from 1988 to 1991. Mr. Sevan comments on the futility of nation building in Afghanistan, the American misadventure, and the prospects for international cooperation in working with the Taliban, among other issues. Access it here:
You can listen to the audio version at: https://www.podserve.fm/dashboard/episode/38430
2. Two articles from The Asia-Pacific Journal: my “The Afghanistan Debacle”: https://apjjf.org/2021/16/Gurtov.html, and Ben Kiernan’s “Backdrop to the Fall of Kabul: A Comparative Reflection,” https://apjjf.org/site/search/level/2/author/Ben%20Kiernan.
3. My blog, “The Afghanistan Debacle”: https://melgurtov.com/2021/08/16/post-308-the-afghanistan-debacle/, available on PodServe: https://www.podserve.fm/episodes/38359/15-after-afghanistan-will-us-military-power-wane.mp3