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Aid and assistance in Afghanistan: Challenges and look ahead
Apr 01, 2023

Aid and assistance in Afghanistan: Challenges and look ahead

Figuring out how to support the Afghan people without strengthening the Taliban has been the challenge that is confronting the global community

Al Qaeda is battered, but don’t rejoice yet
Nov 18, 2020

Al Qaeda is battered, but don’t rejoice yet

It may return if more structural concerns in counter-terror thinking and policies are not addressed over time

Amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Advantage China in Central Asia
Nov 23, 2023

Amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Advantage China in Central Asia

The Central Asian Republics (CARs) have, in recent years, implemented multifaceted foreign policies to achieve strategic autonomy and limit China’s influence and Russia's traditional sway. But domestic uprisings in the CARs, the Taliban's resurgence in Afghanistan, and now the Russia-Ukraine conflict have given China new opportunities to strengthen its presence in Central Asia. This brief investigates China's increased engagement with the CARs

An Afghanistan pretext behind Kashmir’s ‘reorganisation’?
Aug 06, 2019

An Afghanistan pretext behind Kashmir’s ‘reorganisation’?

The fast–tracking of US–Taliban talks, and the following meeting between Trump and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan cannot be sold as one of

Another Afghan peace push and a role for India
Sep 19, 2020

Another Afghan peace push and a role for India

New Delhi’s engagement after America’s exit must build on its resonating vision of a stable and plural Afghanistan

As Quetta bleeds, Pakistan must remember what is at stake
Oct 26, 2016

As Quetta bleeds, Pakistan must remember what is at stake

The attack in Quetta should be understood as an attack on the stability and future of Pakistan's economic dream project.

Asim Umar: A new actor in the world jihadist stage
Sep 24, 2014

Asim Umar: A new actor in the world jihadist stage

The 'old boys' network has given Asim Umar an extensive reach among the jihadi groups active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He can tap into the Taliban network with as much ease as he could work with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Assessing South Asia’s responses to the Ukraine crisis
Mar 10, 2022

Assessing South Asia’s responses to the Ukraine crisis

Despite taking different stances, the South Asian states’ response to the Ukrainian crisis is primarily moulded by their national interests.

Balakot, counter-terrorism and use of air power
Mar 08, 2019

Balakot, counter-terrorism and use of air power

While every counter-terror theatre works on its own specific requirements and variables, Pakistan is a completely different ball game.

Between a Republic and an Emirate: The Future of Afghanistan
Dec 17, 2020

Between a Republic and an Emirate: The Future of Afghanistan

This special report was written before the 2020 United States presidential elections. Under the incoming Biden administration, the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is likely to be more gradual and “responsible”, despite the President-elect being in favour of American troops exiting the war-weary country soon. In retrospect, Donald Trump’s insistence on pulling out all US troops from Afghanistan by Christmas 2020 was not misguided, si

Between a rock and a hard place: The Hazaras in Afghanistan
Mar 04, 2024

Between a rock and a hard place: The Hazaras in Afghanistan

As the Taliban solidifies its footing in Afghanistan, we witness a significant increase in the persecution of minority communities such as the Hazaras

Biden’s Afghanistan plan: It’s now or never
Mar 10, 2021

Biden’s Afghanistan plan: It’s now or never

The Biden administration’s plan for Afghanistan reflects the urgency with which the US is looking for a way out, without giving up on any of the gai

Biden’s choices and America’s moment of reckoning
Aug 28, 2021

Biden’s choices and America’s moment of reckoning

The US has chosen to install a terror group as the legitimate government of Afghanistan and as a departing gift, offered them an estimated $212 million worth of military aircraft, vehicles and ammunition.

BRI in the ‘Af-Pak’ region: Security challenges and China’s response
Oct 12, 2020

BRI in the ‘Af-Pak’ region: Security challenges and China’s response

Beijing's approach to Af-Pak can be attributed to its growing geostrategic interest in South Asia and the Indo-Pakistani rivalry.

Bridging the healthcare gap in Afghanistan: A primer on India’s role
May 24, 2023

Bridging the healthcare gap in Afghanistan: A primer on India’s role

An era of Taliban rule, followed by the 18-year-long war between the United States and the Taliban, has left Afghanistan in massive disorder: the country’s infrastructure is dilapidated, the quality of life is poor, and basic amenities such as healthcare are absent. While the post-Taliban Government of Afghanistan has tried to rebuild the healthcare system, it remains largely dependent on foreign aid. Over the years, India has tried to help reb

Canada and India must forge deeper partnerships to counter shared threats
Jan 21, 2022

Canada and India must forge deeper partnerships to counter shared threats

From two ends of the Pacific, our nations have a shared interest in contributing to the rise and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. Yet new threats stand in the way of achieving this potential

Central Asia could help safeguard Indian interests in Afghanistan
Sep 09, 2021

Central Asia could help safeguard Indian interests in Afghanistan

With the Taliban taking over in Afghanistan, India must engage more closely with Central Asia for both strategic security concerns and trade

Central Asia is back in the “game”
Sep 14, 2022

Central Asia is back in the “game”

With the threat of instability looming over Central Asia, the need for regional cooperation has increased significantly.

China and Russia Navigate Shared Threat of Terrorism from Afghanistan
Apr 27, 2023

China and Russia Navigate Shared Threat of Terrorism from Afghanistan

China and Russia both seek closer ties with the Taliban in Kabul, even as they have refrained from fully recognising the regime. This brief explores China’s and Russia’s converging interests in Afghanistan, and argues that their primary concern is a shared existential threat of terrorism from Afghanistan. Beijing and Moscow regard Afghanistan as a potential source of trans-regional instability, and they are adopting a pragmatic approa

China's Afghanistan strategy may be in trouble
Dec 23, 2022

China's Afghanistan strategy may be in trouble

China is facing a pushback in Afghanistan as Islamist militants increasingly target Chinese interests

Clouds of uncertainty over Afghanistan
Aug 08, 2019

Clouds of uncertainty over Afghanistan

There can be no peace unless the Taliban and Afghan security forces de-escalate

Collateral damage, sovereignty, and differentiated resentment
Nov 21, 2014

Collateral damage, sovereignty, and differentiated resentment

Civil wars are drawn-out conflicts, often lasting up to a decade or even longer before a political settlement is reached. Pakistan's military campaign against Pashtun militants, variously allied to the Afghan Taliban, the al-Qaeda, and often fighting for localised interests has stretched into its 12th year.

Conspiring on Afghan soil? Sino-Pak collusion in Kabul
Jan 22, 2021

Conspiring on Afghan soil? Sino-Pak collusion in Kabul

Beijing’s growing interest in co-conspiring with Pakistan on Afghan soil adds to the growing tensions in the subcontinent, heightening concern over

Copter attack: grim reminder of challenges in Afghanistan
Aug 08, 2011

Copter attack: grim reminder of challenges in Afghanistan

While President Barack Obama is pursuing his two-pronged approach in Afghanistan that involves talking to the Taliban and handling over the security to the Afghan National Army (ANA).

Could we have saved him?
May 03, 2006

Could we have saved him?

Young Suryanarayana is a life that has been cut in its prime. He was the vic- tim of a bigoted doctrine taught in Pakistan for nearly three decades; for the Taliban are only another manifestation of the Islamist drive of General Zia-ul-Haq. The Indian died in a terrorist act after his abduc- tors demanded that all 2,500 Indians in Afghanistan vacate immediately. It was an absurd demand and no government would ever have agreed to it.

Counterterrorism amidst US-China rivalry
Aug 09, 2022

Counterterrorism amidst US-China rivalry

Amidst the US-China power struggle, global counterterrorism cooperation needs to be strengthened.

CPEC and its (de)stabilising effect on Pakistan
Feb 24, 2022

CPEC and its (de)stabilising effect on Pakistan

Islamabad’s inability to control elements in both Afghanistan and Pakistan is proving to be a major hurdle in the execution of the CPEC project.

Dangers of Pak-TTP talks success
Feb 20, 2014

Dangers of Pak-TTP talks success

If the Pakistan-TTP talks succeed Pakistan may actually metamorphose from a hybrid theocracy to a complete theocracy, as Ayesha Siddiqa argues, because the Taliban, good or bad, want implementation of the Sharia. Thus all would depend on how far Pakistan's military and civilian leadership want to go to accommodate Taliban demands or prefer to wage war against TTP.

Daydreaming in Afghanistan
Aug 26, 2011

Daydreaming in Afghanistan

The recent attack on the British Council in Kabul by the Taliban shows that, apart from military tactics, there is an urgent requirement in the West to reconsider the political objectives in Afghanistan.

Death of the last Bin Laden?
Aug 03, 2019

Death of the last Bin Laden?

If indeed Hamza Bin Laden is dead, the succession battle within Al Qaeda could get muddled.

Disquiet in the neighbourhood
Dec 01, 2023

Disquiet in the neighbourhood

As Pakistan struggles to prod the Taliban to act on militant groups, its dual policy of supporting extremist groups has come back to haunt it

Does Khalilzad have a real plan for peace in Afghanistan?
Feb 27, 2019

Does Khalilzad have a real plan for peace in Afghanistan?

Khalilzad has taken a gamble without a real plan in his pocket.

Evolving dynamics of the Af-Pak region and its impact on Sri Lanka and Maldives
Sep 10, 2021

Evolving dynamics of the Af-Pak region and its impact on Sri Lanka and Maldives

How India’s island neighbours react to this new geopolitical reality and whether this will result in an emergence of a new Cold War is yet to be see

Fallout of Afghan crisis in Nepal
Nov 15, 2021

Fallout of Afghan crisis in Nepal

The growing unstable political scenario in Afghanistan has created a refugee problem for Nepal despite having no common borders

Food security in Afghanistan
Jan 24, 2022

Food security in Afghanistan

With food insecurity on the rise, largely due to the pandemic, drought, and conflict, Afghanistan is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises

For a humane role in Kabul
Dec 13, 2021

For a humane role in Kabul

New Delhi’s top-most priority should be to ensure timely, non-discriminatory relief distribution