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  • The Afghan Quagmire and American Failure

    The geo-strategic location of Afghanistan has tempted many dominant powers to intervene but no great power has been able to occupy or attain predominance in the country. The US failed to fulfill its geo-strategic objectives even after two decades of war and peace efforts aimed at either subduing or pacifying insurgency in the country.

    September 17, 2021

    US-Taliban Peace Talks and the Disquiet

    Trump seems to have reconciled himself to the fact that Afghanistan may become an ‘Islamic Emirate of Taliban’ with Sharia Law being imposed with or without the consent of the people.

    January 01, 2019

    A Failed US Peace Building Project in Afghanistan: Exploring Cause–Effect Relationship

    This article argues that while the concept of peace building proved beneficial to Western society, it drew flak in pre-2014 Afghanistan for its inbuilt faults, the overarching US–Taliban conflict and the state failure towards meeting the prerequisites of the coalition strategy. It also argues that peace building in the immediate future of post-2014 Afghanistan is improbable due to the existing and likely conflicts between and among the Afghan government, the Taliban and the newly emerging Daesh or IS group for power, group and ideological domination.

    July 2016

    Ashraf Ghani: America’s New Subedar?

    Ashraf Ghani: America’s New Subedar?

    President Ghani has extended an open invitation to the US for an open-ended military presence in Afghanistan and has also virtually expressed a readiness to play the role of a ‘frontline state’ for any future American contingency.

    April 07, 2015

    Out of Afghanistan: US Needs to Rethink its Afghan Policy

    Out of Afghanistan: US Needs to Rethink its Afghan Policy

    The US and other countries, including India, should open the floodgates of military and economic assistance to the Afghan state and help build the capacity and capability of its security forces and administrative machinery.

    March 24, 2015

    Subash Vaid asked: How the security scenario may transform in region after the US troops leave Afghanistan? Is India prepared to meet the fresh challenges?

    Reply: Please refer to Vishal Chandra’s chapter on “Afghanistan: Likely Scenarios and India’s Options” in Rumel Dahiya and Ashok K. Behuria (eds.), India’s Neighbourhood: Challenges in the Next Two Decades, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2012.

    The e-copy of the book can be accessed/downloaded from the following link:

    Stabilising Afghanistan: Role of Key Regional Players

    Unless the Central Asian states, China, India, Iran, Pakistan and Russia jointly contribute towards ensuring stability, Afghanistan is likely to fall to the Taliban again or even break up.

    July 02, 2012

    What lies behind the Taliban statement on India?

    India will remain a card in the hand of any future Afghan dispensation (whether Taliban or anti-Taliban) to strengthen its negotiating position with Pakistan.

    June 21, 2012

    US Strategy in Afghanistan and Regional Concerns

    India should seek a regional solution to the Afghan conflict, involving a regional force under a UN flag to provide a stable environment for governance and development till the Afghan National Army can take over.

    February 21, 2011