With the Taliban expected to announce their new cabinet any time now, the international community has once again urged them to meet the expectations of Afghans and the world’s for a modern and inclusive government. What is the latest development in Afghanistan? And is the latest skeleton tumbling out of the closet?
Guests: Lyu Xiang, Research Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Einar Tangen, current affairs commentator
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Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.
Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.
The Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a Deobandi Islamist movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within the country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader has been Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.