CEP-KAS Webinar: The Taliban’s Takeover in Afghanistan – Effects on Global Terrorism | Part III of Webinar Series

(New York, N.Y. / Berlin, Germany) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) invite you to a webinar on Thursday, July 6, 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 terrorist threats emanating from the situation in Afghanistan. The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) is one of the most active regional affiliates of ISIS’s global network. ISKP remains in a complex relationship with the Taliban, in particular the powerful Haqqani Network and has operational ambitions that are not confined to Afghanistan. Furthermore, due to the symbiotic relationship of the Taliban movement with a wide range of terror groups, which the movement shelters and protects, as well as with the illegal drug industry in Afghanistan, the risks of aid diversion for the financing of terrorism and large-scale money laundering are significant. Therefore, more effective monitoring and control mechanisms should be introduced to mitigate these risks.

The webinar will be conducted in English via Zoom.

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Time: 08:00 a.m. ET / 14:00 CET to 9:30 am ET / 15:30 CET


Opening Remarks:

Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler
Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)


Daesh in Afghanistan
Khalilullah Safi
Founder and director of the Afghanistan Peace Studies Organization (APSO)

The Taliban Regime: Regional and International Financial Risks
Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler
Senior Director, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)


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


Felix Neumann
Department of International Politics and Security Affairs, Extremism and Counter-Terrorism
Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), Tashkent

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


To participate in this webinar please register via this link: https://counterextre.me/CEP-KASWebinarJuly6

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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