The Taliban Takeover and Central Asian Security: What Will Russia and China Do?

September 30, 2021, 9:30-10:45am

Join the Davis Center for a discussion on how Russia and China will react to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and a changing Central Asian security environment.

The withdrawal of U.S. forces and the speedy collapse of the Afghan government are creating a new security situation and transforming the geopolitical setting of Central Asia. Fears and concerns in the region are on the rise. What will Russia, the traditional security provider, and China, the emerging provider, do? How will they deal with these new challenges and opportunities? What are the choices facing Central Asian states, and how much room for maneuver do they have? This roundtable will discuss the current policies of Russia, China and Central Asian states, and possible scenarios for future developments and their implications for the region and Eurasia at large.


Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program, Stimson Center

Zuhra Khalimova, Independent Consultant, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Akram Umarov, Fulbright VIsiting Scholar, University of Pittsburgh; Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, University of World Economy and Diplomacy


Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Edward Lemon, President & CEO, The Oxus Society