Post-US Withdrawal Afghanistan: What’s Next?

The United States (US) withdrawal resulting in the Taliban blitzkrieg-like takeover of Afghanistan invited various reactions from the wider international community. On 24 August 2021, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urged “all States to create safe pathways for Afghan refugees and migrants, broaden asylum and resettlement programs and immediately halt the deportation of Afghans who seek protection (OHCHR, 2021a).” The call for States to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers has been amplified…