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Fall of Kabul: What Consequences?

The flight of Afghan President Ghani sealed the Taliban’s stronghold over the country. In the space of a few days, the whole of the country was thrown into chaos and uncertainty. On Saturday 15 August, the Taliban finally walked on Kabul. The international community now fears the worst. But how did we get to this point? Was the Taliban take predictable? What will the consequences be for the region and for former allies active in the country? How should we interpret the US’ decision to withdraw its troops? And what will Russia and China do?

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