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Newlines Institute on Afghanistan

Newlines Institute on Afghanistan
LASHKAR GAH, AFGHANISTAN – APRIL 03: Villagers watch as a convoy of the Afghan Eradication Force returns to base after plowing opium poppy fields on April 3, 2006 near Lashkar Gah in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. Afghan forces are feverishly working to eradicate the poppy fields before the harvest begins in the next month. The Taliban reaps huge profits from protecting the opium trade, according to Afghan officials. Afghanistan produces up to 85 percent of the world’s opium and Helmand province almost half of that. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Host Carol Castiel speaks with several Afghan analysts from the innovative think thank Newlines Institute, who discuss the ideas in their article “Challenges of a Talibanized Afghanistan.” They discuss the looming humanitarian crisis as millions of Afghans face potential starvation, the probable resurgence of transnational jihadist groups, the geopolitical ramifications of a “Talibanized” Afghanistan for neighboring South and Central Asian countries, and the difficulty of ordinary Afghans, especially women and girls, to keep their hard-won freedoms under the Taliban.

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