#61 - Why the Taliban doesn't need the West | Curio

#61 - Why the Taliban doesn't need the West

22 mins | Sep 28, 2021

Today's episode from 29th September 2021. First up: "Skilled, organised and ruthless diplomats". Words you wouldn't have thought described the Taliban before, but that's now the reality. We look at how Afghanistan's new rulers got here thanks to some strategic friendships with Russia and China, and why the West has no say in the matter. Later, a book about trauma published in 2014 became a hit during the pandemic. We hear from its author about its main premise - that our body stores stress and how talking therapy alone won't help. Since their removal from power in 2001, the Taliban has cultivated a network of allies including Russia and China. In turn, this proves the group has all it needs to remain a key player in the Middle East for many years to come. From Foreign Policy, Azeem Ibrahim, a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College, argues the Taliban has shown the group is not necessarily looking for Western recognition or aid. Bessel van der Kolk's 2014 book, "The Body Keeps the Score", has become a colossal pandemic hit, topping bestseller lists and even securing meme status on social media. So what does it tell us about the world we live in? From the Guardian, Zoe Williams interviews the psychiatrist and author about the resurgence of his complex account of trauma and PTSD. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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