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What would happen after NATO leaves Afghanistan?

Public Lecture

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 6.30pm to 8pm, Room NAB.2.04, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Zahid Hussain

Chair: Athar Hussain

By the end of 2014 the NATO coalition troops led by the US will leave Afghanistan. Their departure does not signal victory over the Taliban; it is forced by a military stalemate without an end. What would happen after their departure is shrouded in uncertainty. The prospect of the hoped-for peace is remote. The likely outcome is a civil war, much more fierce and widespread than the one fought during recent years. That civil war will not be confined to Afghanistan but will also spill over into Pakistan. The two countries share a 1500 mile border running through an inhospitable terrain consisting of mountains and deserts. The border is porous and large segments are beyond the control of either country. Both sides of the border are inhabited by people sharing common culture and language. Although the NATO coalition forces are formally forbidden to cross the border into Pakistan, the current civil war has for some time also been fought on the Pakistani side of the border via drone bombings and occasional forays.

Mr Zahid Hussain is a leading Pakistani journalist who has written extensively on Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is the author of Frontline Pakistan: The struggle with militant Islam and The Scorpion's Tail: The relentless rise of Islamic militants in Pakistan and how it threatens America.

Professor Athar Hussain| is Director of the LSE Asia Research Centre.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.

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