CEP-KAS Event: The Taliban’s Takeover In Afghanistan – Effects On Global Terrorism

(New York, N.Y. / Berlin) – Since the takeover of power by the Taliban in Afghanistan in August 2021, experts and politicians have been discussing what effect this event will have on global terrorism. Already during the first weeks after the Taliban’s victory, a trend became visible: The Islamic State (IS) continues to conduct severe terror attacks in the country, and on social media platforms, a significant number of terrorist organizations around the world are celebrating what they perceive as victory over the West.

To understand the direct impact of the Taliban’s takeover on international terrorism and to be able to potentially adapt counterterrorism measures accordingly, a more thorough analysis is needed.

Opening with the keynote speech by
Rahmatullah Nabil, the Former Director General of Afghanistan’s national intelligence and security service, this panel discussion will try to explore this issue further. Through the input of the renowned experts, Dr. Guido SteinbergDr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, and Dr. Gerhard Conrad, we will establish a picture of the current threat level for Europe and discuss the existing and required counterterrorism measures. Finally, Roderich Kiesewetter, Member of the German Bundestag, will shed a light on the consequences this has for German politics and the country’s intelligence and security services.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) are happy to invite you to this joint event.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022

Time: 12 p.m. EDT / 18:00 CET 

You can participate digitally via Zoom or onsite at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Academy—in which case a proof of vaccination/convalescence and testing is required; or alternatively proof of a third vaccination (2-G+ rule). In addition, masks are mandatory.

In the registration form, you will be asked whether you wish to participate in person or digitally. If you opt for digital participation, you will receive the Zoom access data in a separate e-mail shortly before the event from KAS.



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