The UK’s two decade-long campaign in Afghanistan ended this summer with the withdrawal of British troops and diplomatic personnel from Kabul. A mission that began with the overthrow of the Taliban ended with the Taliban returning to power.
What did the UK’s 20-year stay in Afghanistan accomplish? Should politicians or the military take the blame for its failures? And how should Afghans and the international community approach the next phase of Taliban rule?
To discuss these questions the Institute for Government is delighted to bring together:
- Jack Straw, UK foreign secretary 2001-2005
- Hasina Safi, Afghanistan’s acting minister for Women from May of 2020 to August 2021
- Tobias Ellwood MP, chair of the Commons defence select committee
The discussion will be chaired by Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government
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