August 17, 2022

IntelBrief: Economic Hardship After One Year of Taliban Rule

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Bottom Line up Front

  • Afghanistan’s economy has deteriorated significantly since the Taliban’s return to power, owing largely to a reduction in international aid flows.
  • Many well-educated Afghans have left the country, leaving Taliban-controlled Afghanistan short on entrepreneurs, skilled workers, and domestic capital resources.
  • Taliban success in curbing official corruption and the end of the civil war partly mitigates the economic difficulties; yet half the population is banned from pursuing full employment and education.
  • The international community has eased some sanctions on the Taliban-led government to alleviate the ongoing humanitarian crisis; yet the situation remains dire for much of the population.