Afghanistan: The Taliban cannot govern alone

History shows that foreign aid will be key to establishing stability and legitimacy, writes Hameed Hakimi

The World Today Updated 31 March 2022 Published 1 April 2022 3 minute READ

That the Taliban survived a global counterinsurgency and returned to power to become the de facto government in Afghanistan is nothing short of a spectacular success for a nonstate armed group. At one point in 2009, the United States-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan included troops from 42 countries – including Nato members and allies such as Australia, Sweden, the Republic of Macedonia and others.

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