Afghanistan: The Taliban on the March

Tuesday November 2th 2021 | 20:00-21:30 | Instituto Cervantes

On August 15th, The Taliban captured the Afghan capital Kabul, taking over virtually the entire country. Before this recent development, many parts of the country were already in Taliban hands. During this time, attacks have occurred regularly in the areas still under government control. While Afghanistan is already plagued by ​​insecurity, COVID, corruption, declining revenues and drought, the question rises what effect the Taliban regime will have. Not only for the country, but also its surroundings and international security. For which groups might it pose a threat? What expectations are there for the future?

The evening will feature two speakers. The first one is Caecilia van Peski, who is an expert on peace & security, democratisation, human rights and the holding of free and fair elections. She has worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations (UNDP, DPKO) and NATO. The second speaker is Niels Terpstra, Assistant Professor at the Utrecht School of Governance (USG) and Advisor at USG Consultancy. His research focuses on questions about governance, legitimacy, various forms of violence, insurgency, terrorism, and international relations.

The event will be in-person and is freely accessible for everyone. However, it is mandatory to show a proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or negative test result at the entrance of the location.