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Australian Institute of International Affairs - NSW
Taliban 2

How the Taliban won

Tue, 5 Oct 2021
18:30 - 19:30



Over just ten days in August, the Taliban swept across Afghanistan, seizing all of its cities and capturing Kabul without a fight on 15 August. The speed of this victory took everybody by surprise, including the Taliban. The Afghan security forces outnumbered the insurgents over 3-to-1 and were far better equipped. Professor Farrell will examine why, despite these odds, the Afghan state collapsed before the Taliban. His talk will also examine the rushed international effort to evacuate foreign nationals and Afghans at risk, and consider the prospects for the country under Taliban rule.


Professor Theo Farrell is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Wollongong. He was previously Professor and Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), the Royal Society of Arts (UK), and the Royal Society of New South Wales. A leading expert on the war in Afghanistan, Professor Farrell acted as strategic advisor to the UK government and US-led command in Kabul and participated in track II talks with the Taliban. His latest monograph, Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Penguin Random House 2017) was shortlisted for three national book awards and selected book of the year by The Sunday Times.




This event is online only. Register by clicking the "get tickets" button below. Once you have registered, you will receive a follow-up confirmation email on the day of the event (Tuesday October 5) containing details of the Zoom link and how to join the event.

The event will start at 6.30pm AEST (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne time) Tuesday October 5.

 For further information please email  nswexec@internationalaffairs.org.au


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