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

This webinar was originally scheduled for June 7, 2023, and has been rescheduled for June 29, 2023

(New York, N.Y. / Berlin, Germany) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) invite you to a webinar on Thursday, June 29, 2023, focusing on the reemerging security risks emanating from Afghanistan.

More than two years after the forceful takeover of power in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime, much of the public discussion is justifiably concentrated on the dire humanitarian circumstances in the country and the Taliban’s ever-increasing return to their harsh rule of the 1990s, including brutal and public punishments and the near total exclusion of women from education as well as professional and public life. Less attention has been paid to the security and terrorist threats that are likely to emerge from the new situation in Afghanistan.

In 2022, CEP and KAS embarked on a series of events and compiled the report, The Taliban’s Takeover in Afghanistan – Effects on Global Terrorism, highlighting and analyzing a range of these reemerging security risks connected with the Taliban movement.

This webinar will focus on two of the key regional and international terrorist threats emanating from the situation in Afghanistan. The first is the ongoing threat of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) that currently operate in Afghanistan and the latent threat of new FTF flows to the country. Secondly, the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan and the subsequent swift takeover of power by the Taliban, the traditional protectors of al-Qaeda-Core, sent a strong message to the international terrorist community that victory is possible.

The webinar will be conducted in English via Zoom.

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m. ET / 16:00 CET to 11:30 am ET / 17:30 CET



Should I Go Or Should I Stay: Foreign Terrorist Fighter Mobilization After The Taliban’s Takeover In Afghanistan
Sofia Koller
Senior Research Analyst, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

Taliban Regime: Effects On Global Terrorist Organizations
Dr. Guido Steinberg
Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Member of the CEP Advisory Board


Ambassador Edmund Fitton-Brown
Former Coordinator of the ISIL, Al-Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team of the United Nations Security Council, Member of the CEP Advisory Board

Moderator and Introductory Remarks:
Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler
Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A-session open to all participants.


To participate in this webinar please register via this link: 

Please register up to one hour before the webinar start so that your registration can be approved in time.

This webinar is part of a series of online and in-person events through which CEP and KAS are presenting its joint publication to the public.

A recording of the first webinar of this series can be found here: https://bit.ly/436DXfe

Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues with an interest in the subject.

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