As the Taliban attempt to consolidate their grip on Afghanistan and convince the outside world that it must be recognized as the country’s legitimate government, the only state that has firmly expressed its displeasure with the change of government is neighboring Tajikistan. .
Comments by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on the need to be inclusive in the Taliban government were not well received in Kabul, where representatives of the militant group suggested that the Tajik leader had better refrain from commenting on Afghanistan.
Tajikistan moved additional forces to the Afghan border, and the Tajik president traveled to a border area to witness a military parade. The Taliban have brought additional forces to the border with Tajikistan, including Tajik citizens who are members of extremist groups in Afghanistan and which the Taliban recently armed with captured US military weapons and equipment.
Russia has called for calm and others urge Tajikistan and Afghanistan to reduce tensions.
In this week’s Majlis podcast, RFE / RL’s media relations manager Muhammad Tahir hosts a discussion about the escalation along the Tajik-Afghan border and where it could lead.
This week’s guests are: from Newport, Rhode Island, Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, Associate Professor at the US Naval War College and author of the upcoming book Bridging State And Civil Society: Informal Organizations In Tajik / Afghan Badakhshan; from Washington, Melanie Sadozai, doctoral student at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris and visiting scholar at George Washington University, who recently conducted research along the Tajikistan-Afghan border; from Prague, Salimjon Aioub, director of the Tajik service of RFE / RL, known locally as Ozodi; and Bruce Pannier, author of the Qishloq Ovozi blog.
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