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Russia's Strategic Role in Afghanistan and Central Asia

September 22, 2021 • 9:00 – 10:00 am EDT

Last month’s rapid withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan and the collapse of the Afghan government have sent geopolitical shockwaves throughout Eurasia. Although the Taliban leadership has provided assurances that they will not allow Afghanistan to be used to launch attacks against Russia or neighboring countries, concerns about their ability to fulfill their promises remain. As Taliban assumes de facto control of the government, what role will Russia play in shaping Afghanistan's security and its future? What is the state of Russia’s military and counterterrorism capability in the broader region and how may its strategy and tactics change in the future? How will Russia mitigate the increased risk of crossborder terrorism, migration flows, and drug trafficking entering Central Asia and Russia? Will Central Asian states seek additional Russian bases or peacekeeping forces to maintain stability?

Please join CSIS for a discussion on Russia's strategic and military role in Afghanistan and Central Asia post-U.S. and NATO withdrawal with Dr. Pavel Baev, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Dr. Erica Marat, Associate Professor and Chair of the Regional and Analytical Studies Department at the National Defense University (NDU). Heather A. Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program will moderate.

This event was funded by the Russia Strategic Initiative U.S. European Command, Stuttgart Germany Opinions, arguments, viewpoints, and conclusions expressed in this work do not represent those of RSI, U.S. EUCOM, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Heather A. Conley

Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Associate Professor and Chair of the Regional and Analytical Studies Department, National Defense University (NDU)