Ms. Danielle DePaulis (EFSAS) speaking during EFSAS Seminar at the VU University, Amsterdam
Ms. Danielle DePaulis, EFSAS Research Analyst, analysed the ongoing terrorism and violent conflict in Afghanistan, and its larger repercussions for the region of South Asia. Ms. DePaulis provided a historical background of the foreign influence in the country, including the British dominion in the 19th century and subsequently the Soviet invasion in 1979. She argued that the series of events that ensue from the 1970s in Afghanistan ultimately led to the development of a force that has become uncontrollable. Even after 9/11 with the invasion of US troops in the region, which was aimed at fighting the so-called “War on Terror”, dismantling Al Qaeda and then the Taliban, and finding Osama bin Laden, the Taliban currently controls about 55% of Afghanistan and remains the most powerful insurgent group in Afghanistan.
Ms. Danielle DePaulis (EFSAS) speaking during EFSAS Seminar at the VU University