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The Taliban Takeover and Central Asian Security: New Reality on the Ground

AFGHANISTAN -- Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces gather in Khenj District in Panjshir province, August 31, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021, 9:30 –10:45am EDT

The withdrawal of U.S. forces and the speedy collapse of the Afghan government have introduced a drastically new reality on the ground. Central Asian states are facing new challenges and risks, including the rapidly unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the deeply worrying role Central Asian militants play in the Taliban's offensive campaign. This roundtable will discuss the ongoing dramatic developments and the implications of the new situation for Central Asian security.

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Omid Marzban

Senior Multimedia Editor, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty

Salimjon Aioubov

Director of Tajik Service, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty

Stephen J. Blank

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute

Nargis Kassenova

Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Muhammad Tahir

Media Relations Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; Host, Majlis and AfPak File podcasts

Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili

Director of the Center for Governance and Markets / Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh