Dr Delwar Hossain is a professor of International Relations at Dhaka University
Twenty years of the US-backed Afghan government was there and the Taliban were there. Networking, because of media and online mechanisms, is easier. According to mainstream reports, an effort which may affect Bangladesh is already there.
The Taliban have captured power through armed takeover, but whether it is sustained and how it is consolidated will impact other soft issues. However, if Taliban stay in power, whether by sharing power by force, it will have an impact on terrorism or extremism. Bangladesh and South Asia will be affected. The impact it will have on Afghanistan will be reflected elsewhere.
Still it is an evolving situation. But who will be the main players is yet to be seen. No government has stayed in power in Afghanistan without external support. This support can come from regional powers or from others. The vacuum created by US withdrawal is already being filled by China, Russia and Pakistan.
We have to wait and see how they form the government and who recognises them. Their first test of credibility will be recognition.
For now, the problem of extremism persists in this belt. Even during the US-backed government, it was there. For now, it is a great threat and for South Asia the threat is returning.
As there is no regional peace initiative, with Saarc being ineffective, Bangladesh cannot do much without such an initiative. Bangladesh supports peaceful political processes, but this cannot be seen here.
With the Taliban in power, it may destabilise South Asia and it will present great risks to Bangladesh. So Bangladesh needs to rethink its foreign and security policies.