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Biden's Faustian bargain with the Taliban
A year after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration is striking a Faustian bargain with the Taliban even as the country turns into a breeding ground for international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and mass migration, writes Brahma Chellaney.
The Taliban victory in Afghanistan inspires the “forever dream” of Islamic states in Asia
The military victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan has far-reaching consequences for Australia’s immediate region, writes Greg Barton. Its inspirational influence promises to shape and drive the growth of jihadism across Southeast Asia, and globally, in pursuit of the “forever dream” of Islamic states.
The shame of Kabul
Australia’s messy exit from Kabul is likely to be recorded in history as a moment of national ignominy. John McCarthy argues that in the manner of our leaving we lost both credibility of leadership and ‘capacity to argue from the high ground’.
The price of neglect in Afghanistan
As Australia retreats from Afghanistan, it is time to be generous to those who helped us, writes former diplomat John McCarthy. What we do now to aid friends in need could shape our international standing for many years to come.