The US withdrawal from Afghanistan: A catastrophic end or the beginning of a new disaster?

More than two months have passed since the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan. Mid-October the NATO defense ministers met in Brussels to reflect on what has happened in Afghanistan. During a press conference, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that they “exchanged views on how to preserve the gains and ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists”. These goals seem extremely ambitious, and thus an analysis of the implications from the withdrawal might provide a better understanding of the feasibility of Stoltenberg’s statement.