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Aug 25, 2021

FAST THINKING: The clock is ticking in Afghanistan

By Atlantic Council

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

Afghanistan Conflict

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Aug 24, 2021

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

By Hagar Hajjar Chemali, Brian O’Toole

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.

Afghanistan Economic Sanctions

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Aug 20, 2021

FAST THINKING: Will the Kabul airlift succeed?

By Atlantic Council

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.

Afghanistan Conflict

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Aug 19, 2021

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

By Irfan Nooruddin

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.

Afghanistan Education

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Aug 18, 2021

FAST THINKING: What does the fall of Kabul mean for India and Pakistan?

By Irfan Nooruddin, Harris A. Samad

On this episode of Fast Thinking, Atlantic Council South Asia Center Director Irfan Nooruddin sits down with Harris Samad to talk about the history at play, whether the two countries will be able to align in their approach with the new regime, and if the Taliban’s success will embolden other extremist groups in the region.

Afghanistan Conflict

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Aug 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: What you need to know about the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

By Atlantic Council

What can the United States possibly do now to manage the fallout? How will all this reshape America’s global standing? Our experts penetrate the fog of war.

Afghanistan Conflict

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Aug 13, 2021

FAST THINKING: The Taliban take three major cities. Is Kabul next?

By Atlantic Council

Is the fall of Kabul inevitable? Will terrorists enjoy a safe haven once again? Our Afghanistan experts are here to chart the endgame.

Conflict Security & Defense

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Aug 12, 2021

FAST THINKING: What will a post-American Afghanistan look like?

By Irfan Nooruddin, William F. Wechsler

On this episode of Fast Thinking, Atlantic Council experts Irfan Nooruddin and Will Wechsler discuss how the United States can continue to support the Afghan government, break down three possible scenarios for what Afghanistan's plight could mean for the future of counterterrorism, and explain how regional players will shape the country's future.

Afghanistan Conflict

Fast Thinking

Aug 9, 2021

FAST THINKING: What the UN climate report didn’t say

By Atlantic Council

The report maps a path to avert planetary catastrophe if humans completely stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2050. But is that even possible?

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Fast Thinking

Aug 3, 2021

FAST THINKING: Dead activists, fleeing Olympians, and jailed journalists: Is this the new normal for Belarus?

By Melinda Haring, Doug Klain

Experts Melinda Haring and Doug Klain from the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center explain what's behind the regime's latest illegal actions abroad and discuss what's ahead for Lukashenka in Belarus as we approach the anniversary of the dictator's illegitimate reelection.

Belarus Corruption