One of the decisive factors behind the Taliban’s sudden takeover of Afghanistan this summer has been hidden in plain sight – climate change. Afghanistan is rated among the six most vulnerable countries to the accelerated changes in climate and environment now being witnessed across all continents. This year Afghanistan has been gripped by drought – as bad as that in 2018 when thousands died and hundreds of thousands migrated to the cities and to the borders with Iran and Pakistan and beyond.
Conservative small-town mayor, Péter Márki-Zay, has unexpectedly won the primaries. He has an unorthodox biography for a populist.