​The Taliban have now controlled Afghanistan for over a year, and the relationships between the new rulers and its neighbours are taking shape.

​The level of continuity in the relations between Afghanistan and its neighbours has been striking, as seen in the mounting tensions between the Taliban and its long-time supporter, Pakistan. Furthermore, global shifts – including Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and China’s steady rise – impacts both Afghanistan and the dynamics within its surrounding regions.

  • How did the tense neighbourly relations play into the 2021 endgame and Taliban’s military victory? 

  • How do Afghanistan’s neighbours relate to Afghanistan’s new rulers? 

  • Can distant powers contribute to aiding Afghans by working with the country’s neighbours?

Chair: Arne Strand


Ilaria Carozza
Kristian Berg Harpviken
Andrew Watkins
Masood Karokhail