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Thu, Sep 16, 2021

FAST THINKING: Can Australian nuclear subs help corner China?

What impact will this deal have on competition with China? What about the allies left high and dry? Our experts emerged from the deep with the answers.

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Australia China

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: Missiles are flying again on the Korean peninsula

Is nuclear diplomacy with the North all but dead? How worried should we be about these missiles?

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Arms Control Crisis Management

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

FAST THINKING: Who’s funding the Taliban?

On this episode of Fast Thinking, the Atlantic Council's Julia Friedlander and Mark Nakhla, the executive vice president of Kharon, dive into the Taliban's funding networks (don't miss the helpful visuals!), which are primarily outside the reach of the international finance system.

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Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Sep 1, 2021

FAST THINKING: Ukraine’s president finally gets a White House visit

What message does the get-together send to Moscow? What further hurdles must these allies overcome?

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Conflict Crisis Management

Tue, Aug 31, 2021

FAST THINKING: The war is over, but the Afghanistan mission continues

What will continued US engagement in Afghanistan look like? How will the Taliban govern? What will become of the country’s refugees?

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Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Aug 26, 2021

FAST THINKING: Terror strikes Kabul airport

What is motivating the terrorists behind the blasts? What does this mean for evacuations? Our experts, steeped in the security world, have the answers.

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Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Aug 25, 2021

FAST THINKING: The clock is ticking in Afghanistan

Biden is sticking to his August 31 timeline for withdrawing all American troops from Afghanistan. How will the coming days play out?

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Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Aug 24, 2021

FAST THINKING: A sanctioned Taliban now rules Afghanistan’s multibillion-dollar economy. How do we deal with that?

On this episode of Fast Thinking, Hagar Chemali and Brian O'Toole, both nonresident senior fellows with the Atlantic Council's GeoEconomics Center, discuss what it means for the Taliban to be sanctioned as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and how China and Russia may try to influence the situation on the ground.

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Afghanistan Economic Sanctions

Fri, Aug 20, 2021

FAST THINKING: Will the Kabul airlift succeed?

How is this effort playing out? Where are Afghans going? What could go wrong? Our experts are here to get you ahead of this fast-moving story.

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Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Aug 19, 2021

FAST THINKING: Was the war worth it? Afghanistan’s former ambassador to the US, Roya Rahmani, weighs in

Long-time diplomat and steadfast women’s rights champion Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan's former ambassador to the United States, joins South Asia Center Director Irfan Nooruddin for a special episode of Fast Thinking to share her thoughts on whether the war in Afghanistan was worth it, the crucial role of women in the country's future, and how to evaluate the Taliban’s promises.

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Afghanistan Education