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„PARADIGM CHANGE IN AFGHANISTAN - Human security, transnational crime, and terrorism: Old, new and emerging security threats in the wake of Taliban Caliphate establishment“
The Regional Cooperation Council cordially invites all interested parties to participate in the ZOOM webinar "PARADIGM CHANGE IN AFGHANISTAN - Human security, transnational crime, and terrorism: Old, new and emerging security threats in the wake of Taliban Caliphate establishment", which will be held on 8 November 2021, starting at 11:00 AM (CET).

The current paradigm shift in Afghanistan that brought the Taliban back to power has opened discussions about various internal and geopolitical consequences. Prior to its initial dislocation, the Taliban Khalifat used to serve as the safe haven for various terrorist and extremist groups directed against Western values and targets.

The situation now developing in Afghanistan is one in which the country's new leaders are comfortable with or committed to an extreme interpretation of religion, maintain relations with terrorist groups like al-Qa`ida and promulgate an autocratic political system that denies democracy. This raises multiple questions for South East Europe and Western Balkans, not least whether we may expect a new outflow of citizens to the system of religious extremism, as was the case with Syria and Iraq during the rule of ISIS, threatening the future peace and prosperity.

The discussion will tackle the following topics (and many more):

- To what extent can such withdrawal of the international community in Afghanistan encourage terrorist insurgents across the world, and what are the security implications for the region of SEE? What can we do to mitigate and prevent possible security-related implications?
- To what extent are the governments ready to cope with potential security-related challenges, and are these challenges overestimated or underestimated?
- Will the situation in Afghanistan contribute to the strengthening of extremist narratives in the SEE region? Are there mechanisms to prevent it?
- How much will the situation in Afghanistan motivate the insurgents in other places (including FTFs)...

Nov 8, 2021 11:00 AM in Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb

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