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Last summer, the United States decided to end its longest war in Afghanistan. Just days after the U.S. military withdrew from the country, Kabul fell—and the Taliban took control. Aug. 15 marked one year since the group has been in power. How are Afghans coping with their new rulers? What are the internal policy spats within the Taliban? Has the international community done enough to assist Afghans? What does the future hold for the country? For answers, watch FP editor in chief Ravi Agrawal’s in-depth discussion with Lynne O’Donnell, an FP columnist detained by the Taliban in late July, and Michael Kugelman, the writer of FP’s weekly South Asia Brief.

FP columnist Lynne O’Donnell recalls her detainment by the Taliban and what it taught her about their ability to govern.

Why does neighboring Pakistan have buyer’s remorse about the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan?

FP’s Michael Kugelman discusses India’s play in Afghanistan.

Lynne O'Donnell

Lynne O’Donnell

Columnist, Foreign Policy

Michael Kugelman

Asia Program deputy director, Wilson Center

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Ravi Agrawal

Editor in chief, Foreign Policy

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