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Twenty years in Afghanistan: Did the West do more harm than good?

Twenty years in Afghanistan: Did the West do more harm than good?

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After 9/11, US-led forces invaded Afghanistan hunting Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and went on a mission to bring democracy to a country that had become an ungoverned safe haven for terrorists. But after all of the blood and treasure of a 20-year occupation, what has been achieved? The Americans are packing up, but the country they leave behind is traumatised. The Taliban are on the attack, the Kabul government is paralysed and dozens of terror groups add to the relentless violence. What is the future for Afghanistan and its people? Is there a risk of another 9/11 event being curated there? And what is the lasting impact on the way the West chooses to intervene or stand aside when human rights abuses flare up around the world? Join us for a ThinkIn in which we look back at the last 20 years – and forward to the next 20.

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editor and invited experts

Dave Taylor
Editor and Reporter

Edward Girardet
American journalist and author who has covered Afghanistan since the era of Soviet occupation in the 1980s

General Sir David Richards
Former head of British Armed Forces who commanded the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan 2006-2007

Lynne O’Donnell
Journalist, author, and analyst. Afghanistan bureau chief for Agence France-Presse and the Associated Press between 2009 and 2017