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South Asia weekly | Volume ix issue 52|
Dec 27, 2016

South Asia weekly | Volume ix issue 52|

The Taliban has said that it is giving China the go-ahead to restart a mining project in MesAynak and other roundups from South Asia

South Asia Weekly | Volume IX; Issue 43 | Back to the table
Oct 24, 2016

South Asia Weekly | Volume IX; Issue 43 | Back to the table

Taliban has restarted secret talks with government representatives in Doha, Qatar, according to senior sources and other roundups

South Asia: Ending, or losing, an ‘endless war’ in Afghanistan?
Nov 02, 2020

South Asia: Ending, or losing, an ‘endless war’ in Afghanistan?

“With improved implementation of the plan of action for South Asia, Trump has impelled the region to constantly recalibrate strategic choices while

Striking with caution: Beyond the performative muscle flexing, Islamabad had little choice
Jan 28, 2024

Striking with caution: Beyond the performative muscle flexing, Islamabad had little choice

This return to business as usual is reflective of the wariness on both sides to escalate the crisis further and prevent it from metastasising into a new front of conflict.

Suspending Afghanistan from SAARC and international law
Sep 26, 2021

Suspending Afghanistan from SAARC and international law

Making a case for suspending Afghanistan from SAARC to prevent the crippling of the organisation

The Abraham Accords: Powerlifting West Asia’s geopolitics
May 11, 2022

The Abraham Accords: Powerlifting West Asia’s geopolitics

Rather than pinning all hopes to mitigate regional tensions in West Asia on the Abraham accords, regional actors should establish new channels of comm

The Afghan deal: A tale of colliding motivations, expectations and aims
Sep 16, 2019

The Afghan deal: A tale of colliding motivations, expectations and aims

Taliban, Rawalpindi declared victory too soon. The game now depends on Trump’s calculations

The Afghan War: Beginning of the end?
Dec 24, 2019

The Afghan War: Beginning of the end?

For Washington, war weariness has set in deep.

The Afghanistan crisis and the question of European Union’s strategic autonomy
Sep 06, 2021

The Afghanistan crisis and the question of European Union’s strategic autonomy

Should the EU build up its own EU-based security apparatus in light of the US withdrawing from Afghanistan without truly consulting its EU allies?

The banking crisis in Afghanistan
Sep 09, 2022

The banking crisis in Afghanistan

The Biden administration’s decision to bar DAB’s access to forex reserves has caused tremendous hardships to the Afghan people. Creating new susta

The battle for Kunduz
Oct 17, 2015

The battle for Kunduz

Kunduz has a large ethnic mix of Pashtun, Uzbeks, Tajiks, and others - all of whom wish to hold the province. The recent move to capture Kunduz by the Taliban is significant in many ways. It is the first major engagement by the Taliban after Mullah Akhtar Mansour succeeded Mullah Omar.

The deafening silence: Global inaction on the Afghanistan crisis
Mar 17, 2022

The deafening silence: Global inaction on the Afghanistan crisis

Despite six months of Taliban’s catastrophic rule, the international community continues to turn a Nelson’s eye.

The fall of Afghanistan
Aug 17, 2021

The fall of Afghanistan

Kabul fiasco will affect US’ ability to mobilise coalitions against a common cause

The fractured diplomacy of countering terrorism
Feb 01, 2022

The fractured diplomacy of countering terrorism

What are the gains that diplomacy on counter-terrorism, resolutions of the UN Security Council and other such multilateral instruments bring to the table?

The Future of India’s Development Cooperation in Afghanistan
Nov 08, 2021

The Future of India’s Development Cooperation in Afghanistan

In August 2021, Kabul fell to the Taliban, marking their return nearly 20 years since they first ruled Afghanistan in the mid-1990s. This report examines the prospects of restarting India’s engagements in Afghanistan under the current Taliban regime. It builds on the insights shared during an exclusive, virtual roundtable organised by ORF’s Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED) in September 2021, and makes a case for India to consider the

The Great Power Game still continues
Feb 02, 2012

The Great Power Game still continues

Closer home, the Great Power Game will be played in the unstable fields of Ayatollahs' Iran, a Talibanised Afghanistan, whose leaders have their own world view, and a Sunni radicalised nuclearised Pakistan. The main contestants will be China and the US and our strategic planners may have to start planning for an uncertain future.

The grim calculus behind Afghan tragedy
Nov 26, 2021

The grim calculus behind Afghan tragedy

As winter approaches, the suffering of the people of Afghanistan will worsen

The growing narcotrafficking in Central Asia
Jul 20, 2022

The growing narcotrafficking in Central Asia

A crackdown on narcotrafficking in Central Asia seems imperative as the recent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the Ukraine crisis has worsened the

The India–US partnership: Strategic convergences and divergences in Afghanistan
Jun 14, 2022

The India–US partnership: Strategic convergences and divergences in Afghanistan

Both India and the US seek to cooperate on the issue of Afghanistan as they share coinciding strategic national interests, including preventing Afgh

The MMA and its Future
Feb 27, 2004

The MMA and its Future

The strong showing of the six religious party¿s alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in the October 2002 general elections in Pakistan has led to apprehensions among the tribe of Pakistan watchers worldwide about the inexorable slide of a nuclear-armed Pakistan towards ¿talibanisation¿.

The Moscow Format meeting and Russia’s Afghanistan policy
Oct 09, 2023

The Moscow Format meeting and Russia’s Afghanistan policy

Despite developing economic ties and sending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, Russia has adopted a dual approach towards Taliban-rule Afghanistan

The myth of moderation and media freedom in Afghanistan
Jun 12, 2024

The myth of moderation and media freedom in Afghanistan

The motivations behind the media crackdown in Afghanistan are clear—to control the narrative, silence dissent, and restrict the Afghan people's acce

The new Great Game: An all Asian game?
Apr 06, 2017

The new Great Game: An all Asian game?

Major global powers like Russia and China and regional powers like Iran are now ready to embrace the Taliban — in their own interest, but ostensibly

The Pakistan quagmire
Mar 03, 2022

The Pakistan quagmire

Pakistan’s economic instability accompanied by the growing crisis in Afghanistan has pushed it in a tight corner

The Pashtun awakening
Mar 06, 2018

The Pashtun awakening

Many commentators feel that there is new awakening among the Pashtun. The Pashtun Long March and the ten-day sit-in outside the Islamabad Press Club was meant to kindle that awakening.

The Politics of Aid in Afghanistan
Jul 02, 2019

The Politics of Aid in Afghanistan

The Afghans need to pick up the spade and start doing their own digging — they must come out of the war economy mindset that facilitates aid money p

The problem with the Afghan peace process
Jun 13, 2019

The problem with the Afghan peace process

Power struggles, legitimacy crisis and improper US approach hamper the Afghan peace process.

The Quad Gains Momentum as Strategic Realities Evolve
Sep 27, 2021

The Quad Gains Momentum as Strategic Realities Evolve

As new geopolitical and geo-economic realities emerge in the Indo-Pacific, India is now a critical node in the emerging network of variable geometries in the region. There are important opportunities in the evolving dynamic for New Delhi, as new alliances are crafted and new goals enunciated.

The Quad’s Counterterrorism Priorities
Sep 24, 2021

The Quad’s Counterterrorism Priorities

Quad’s commitment to counterterrorism seems to be only vaguely defined, despite being highlighted as an area of cooperation. Given that it is a prio

The resilience of India-US relations
Feb 26, 2020

The resilience of India-US relations

Differences remain, but the gains on the positives and negatives of the ledger can be built upon

The Russia-Ukraine War: The Last Crisis to Break the UN Camel’s Back?
May 21, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine War: The Last Crisis to Break the UN Camel’s Back?

The United Nations (UN) has recently been plagued by several crises—the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taliban’s return in Afghanistan, and the Ukraine war—that have tested its ability to deliver on humanity’s projects of peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, and humanitarian response. Indeed, its actions and inactions in the Ukraine war have triggered an existential dilemma. India must use this moment of creative destruction

The sum and substance of the Afghan deal
Mar 05, 2020

The sum and substance of the Afghan deal

The United States is on its way out and this does not ensure peace for the people of Afghanistan

The survival discourse and engagement in Afghanistan
Jun 03, 2023

The survival discourse and engagement in Afghanistan

A collective turn towards the survivability discourse vis-à-vis Afghanistan could entail a shift in the global focus from dealing with the Taliban to

The time is ripe for an alliance of democracies
Sep 15, 2022

The time is ripe for an alliance of democracies

The threat to the global democratic order needs to be tackled by developing joint strategies, especially in light of the rising belligerence of author

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test
Sep 30, 2021

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test

Washington and New Delhi must overcome some key differences for the group to succeed.

The US has no feasible strategy to protect its diplomats in Afghanistan
Aug 02, 2021

The US has no feasible strategy to protect its diplomats in Afghanistan

To be sure, America cannot abruptly sever all diplomatic and humanitarian engagement, owing to the grave socio-economic and security consequences it w