Afghanistan and Taliban 2.0 Political Drivers, Taliban Strategies, and Domestic Implications
Based on exhaustive in-house research and interviews with 10 leading experts, the report looks at the domestic and international drivers behind the collapse of the Afghan government on August 15 and the return of the Taliban to power two decades after they were ousted. The report also probes Taliban 2.0, the group’s possible economic strategies, as well as the social implications of their return to Kabul.
This edition of the Diplomat Risk Intelligence Monthly Report analyzes the domestic and international causes that have led to the Taliban coming back to power in Afghanistan after being ousted two decades ago. Based on exhaustive in-house research and interviews with 10 leading experts, it seeks to understand what changes, if any, the current Taliban – Taliban 2.0 for a lack of a better moniker – could make to its style of governance. It focuses on recognizing the inherent drivers of conflict in Afghanistan, while seeking to understand the manner in which the Taliban could consolidate their political and economic position with the Afghan polity. While acknowledging the fact that the Taliban is unlikely to make a complete break with their radical Islamist ideology, the authors of this report realize that the group is eager to present a façade of evolution in order to maintain a degree of international acceptance and legitimacy.
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Methodological Note
- Political Backdrop
- Understanding Taliban 2.0
- Mapping the Afghan Economy
- Religion, Society, and Equity
- Authors and Interviewees