Friday, August 20, 2021

U.S. Scholar on Full Impact of U.S. Jeffrey Sachs - Policy on Afghanistan

 As China and Russia are neighbours to Afghanistan it's in their interest to help stabilise the country, says Jeffrey Sachs. All in all, the US has spent 40 years being involved in Afghanistan and has spent over £2 Trillion, but none of was spent on the Afghan people. 

Jeffrey Sachs says how most Americans, including politicians, know nothing about other cultures, or even geography, where most politicians couldn't even name three Afghan cities. War isn't the answer to the world's problems, says Jeffrey Sachs. 

As many countries keep a close watch on the fast changing situation in Afghanistan, the United Nations (UN) held an emergency Security Council meeting. The UN secretary-general called for efforts to prevent the country from again becoming a safe haven for terrorists. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said China has encouraged the Taliban to pursue a moderate religious policy and hopes that the new Afghan government can make a clean break with terror-linked forces. U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday stood by his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, saying foreign forces could not defend a nation whose leaders "gave up and fled.

Meanwhile, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged views with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the phone on the Afghan situation. Wang reiterated China's stance that facts have once again proven that mechanically copying a foreign model cannot be fit for a country with a completely different history, culture and national conditions. Blinken did thank China for participating in the Doha talks with the Taliban. Both sides agreed to go on with close consultations. How did the situation in Afghanistan rapidly devolve into what it is today? What is the full impact of U.S. policy and actions in Afghanistan in the past two decades? On that, Tian Wei talked to an American scholar, Jeffrey Sachs, professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University

1 comment:

Ahmed Fares said...

re: Taliban 2.0

First, good video.

There's a lot of talk that the Taliban will be more moderate, e.g., hijabs instead of burqas, more in line with Saudi Arabia and Iran. This is not because the Taliban have moderated, but that the older Taliban have died off and the younger Taliban are more moderate. I guess we'll soon see.