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Government policy on Afghanistan

Inquiry

International forces withdrew from Afghanistan in 2021, 20 years after the US-led invasion. The Taliban quickly gained control of the country, taking Kabul on 15 August and triggering an immense effort to evacuate UK nationals and others eligible for protection. This inquiry will examine the FCDO’s role in the withdrawal, including how effectively it planned and coordinated with other powers. It will also look ahead to the objectives of the UK’s future relationship with Afghanistan, including the security, counter-terrorism, human rights and humanitarian impact of the Taliban’s takeover, and the implications for wider UK foreign policy.

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The deadline for submissions was Sunday 31 October 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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7 December 2021
Inquiry Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG (Former British Ambassador to Afghanistan), and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
23 November 2021
Inquiry Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Rudra Chaudhuri (Director at Carnegie India), and Kori Schake (Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
23 November 2021
Inquiry Government policy on Afghanistan
Witnesses Rory Stewart (Former Secretary of State for International Development), and Lord Richards of Herstmonceux (Former Chief of the Defence Staff)
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
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Witnesses Human Rights Watch
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
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Witnesses Dickie Davis
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
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Witnesses Internews Europe
Committees Foreign Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

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