Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
13 August 2021

What the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan means for the rest of the world

One consequence will be a more volatile international stage and a greater threat from jihadist terror in the UK.

By Stephen Bush

The Taliban have now taken control of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city. The US have announced that they intend to deploy 3,000 troops within the next 38 hours to facilitate the evacuation of American citizens and diplomats, while the UK will deploy 600 soldiers to do the same for British personnel. Both countries will maintain a small diplomatic presence in the country: for now.

[See also: Our indifference to the fate of Afghanistan’s people may become a source of national shame]

The Taliban’s swift advance over the country has seen the military group capture huge amounts of material and equipment, which, inevitably, means that people are now asking what the consequences for the world outside of Afghanistan will be when the country falls entirely under the Taliban’s control again.

One consequence of the Taliban’s victory will be a more dangerous world and a greater threat from jihadist terror here in the United Kingdom. Similarly, among the biggest victims of the Taliban’s victory will be people in Afghanistan who worked with US-led forces over the past decade.

But the most immediate costs will be borne by the people who haven’t worked for the Afghan government or with US-led forces, but who have simply enjoyed a better life than the one they would have had 20 years ago: young girls who have gone to school, for example, and families whose only route to a better life now may rest on the uncertain and dangerous deck of a rubber dinghy.

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU

[See also: Will the US withdrawal from Afghanistan come to haunt Joe Biden’s presidency?]

Content from our partners
What are the green skills of the future?
A global hub for content producers, gaming and entertainment companies in Abu Dhabi
Insurance: finding sustainable growth in stormy markets

  1. World
  2. Asia
13 August 2021

How the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan endangers the world

One consequence will be a more volatile international stage and a greater threat from jihadist terror in the UK.

By Stephen Bush

The Taliban have now taken control of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city. The US have announced that they intend to deploy 3,000 troops within the next 38 hours to facilitate the evacuation of American citizens and diplomats, while the UK will deploy 600 soldiers to do the same for British personnel. Both countries will maintain a small diplomatic presence in the country: for now.

[See also: Our indifference to the fate of Afghanistan’s people may become a source of national shame]

The Taliban’s swift advance over the country has seen the military group capture huge amounts of material and equipment, which, inevitably, means that people are now asking what the consequences for the world outside of Afghanistan will be when the country falls entirely under the Taliban’s control again.

One consequence of the Taliban’s victory will be a more dangerous world and a greater threat from jihadist terror here in the United Kingdom. Similarly, among the biggest victims of the Taliban’s victory will be people in Afghanistan who worked with US-led forces over the past decade.

But the most immediate costs will be borne by the people who haven’t worked for the Afghan government or with US-led forces, but who have simply enjoyed a better life than the one they would have had 20 years ago: young girls who have gone to school, for example, and families whose only route to a better life now may rest on the uncertain and dangerous deck of a rubber dinghy.

[See also: Will the US withdrawal from Afghanistan come to haunt Joe Biden’s presidency?]

 

Content from our partners
What are the green skills of the future?
A global hub for content producers, gaming and entertainment companies in Abu Dhabi
Insurance: finding sustainable growth in stormy markets