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Three’s a crowd: United States and the Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship
Nov 07, 2022

Three’s a crowd: United States and the Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship

Afghanistan, for a long time, was a ‘point of convergence’ for the US and Pakistan, but in the changed reality post the US withdrawal from Afghani

Time to declare ISI a global terrorist entity
May 07, 2011

Time to declare ISI a global terrorist entity

Besides Osama bin Laden, Pakistan Army and ISI have been hand in glove with the Taliban for over 10 years, helping them with safe houses, recruitment bases, training and weapons. Their alliances have been effectively documented not only by the Indian security agencies but also by different western security and intelligence agencies.

Tracing the role of ideas and tactics in the Kashmir conflict
Apr 10, 2021

Tracing the role of ideas and tactics in the Kashmir conflict

The conflict in Kashmir has undergone several changes and has kept itself relevant by drawing upon ideas and tactics from elsewhere.

Treading a Pragmatic Path: Russia in Afghanistan After August 2021
Nov 09, 2023

Treading a Pragmatic Path: Russia in Afghanistan After August 2021

After the United States and its allies left Afghanistan in 2021, analysts expected Russia to fill the vacuum caused by the withdrawal. As far as Moscow itself is concerned, it would like to establish full diplomatic ties with the Taliban regime while it urges Western countries to take accountability and fulfil their responsibilities towards the Afghan people. Indeed, Russia’s desire for security and regional hegemony compels it to selectively e

Troubling prospects in Afghanistan
Jul 10, 2021

Troubling prospects in Afghanistan

As the reality of the U.S. withdrawal takes hold, the future will depend on Taliban-Kabul dynamics and Pakistan’s role

Trump’s Afghan strategy — Transforming South Asia
Aug 28, 2017

Trump’s Afghan strategy — Transforming South Asia

Trump's Afghan strategy has been long in the making. But the wait has been well worth it.

TTP-Pakistan peace talks: The pitfalls and their implications
Aug 18, 2022

TTP-Pakistan peace talks: The pitfalls and their implications

The fulfilment of TTP’s demand would indirectly help the Afghan Taliban achieve its expansionist position on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Understanding India’s silence on the political crisis in Pakistan
Jun 16, 2023

Understanding India’s silence on the political crisis in Pakistan

Despite being the immediate neighbour, India has chosen to follow a no-reaction policy towards the ongoing turmoil in Pakistan

Understanding the fall in Opium production in Afghanistan
Jul 05, 2023

Understanding the fall in Opium production in Afghanistan

The far-reaching implications of the policy changes brought by the Taliban and their unprecedented impact on the region warrant global attention

US Afghan success lies in forcing Pak to act against terrorists
Dec 01, 2017

US Afghan success lies in forcing Pak to act against terrorists

The US knows that the Pakistan government has little to no control over the support to terror groups as it is done by the deep state, comprising the a

US read the script wrong
Jun 11, 2014

US read the script wrong

America's release of five Taliban leaders recently in exchange for one of its troopers has grave implications for not just Afghan security but also the India-Pakistan détente.

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region
Feb 04, 2019

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region

China’s political, military and economic engagements in Afghanistan are driven by its own domestic security reasons.

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region
Feb 04, 2019

US withdrawal from Afghanistan may end China’s romance with terrorism in the region

China’s political, military and economic engagements in Afghanistan are driven by its own domestic security reasons.

US-Pakistan Military Operations in Pak-Afghan Border (Vol. I Issue)
Apr 07, 2023

US-Pakistan Military Operations in Pak-Afghan Border (Vol. I Issue)

The US-Pakistan deal is as simple as it can get: Pakistan will cooperate with the US to hunt Al Qaeda and in return the US will not annihilate the Taliban which serves Pakistani strategic interests in the region.

USA - al Qaida- Pakistan: Conventional Wisdom or Faulty Assumptions?
Jan 31, 2006

USA - al Qaida- Pakistan: Conventional Wisdom or Faulty Assumptions?

Few nations have been thrust more dramatically into limelight since those tragic 9/11 events than Pakistan. Prior to that date, Pakistan was isolated: perceived as a Taliban and Al Qaeda supporter, a military regime, and a failing state. Events of 9/11 brought it closer to a danger where, in the words of General Musharraf, ¿It could lose its strategic assets.¿

US–Pakistan relations in the Trump era: Resetting the terms of engagement in Afghanistan
Dec 24, 2017

US–Pakistan relations in the Trump era: Resetting the terms of engagement in Afghanistan

In a groundbreaking speech in August this year, US President Donald Trump laid out his government’s policy for South Asia, authorising more American troops to Afghanistan and insisting that Pakistan must either “do more” to restrain Islamist militants, or face consequences. Indian and Afghan governments have welcomed the new US policy approach. The major components of Trump’s Afghanistan strategy — recognising Pakistan’s role in provi

War, peace and ‘art of the deal’ in Afghanistan
Sep 09, 2019

War, peace and ‘art of the deal’ in Afghanistan

If Trump indeed wants to resume the talks now, the Taliban will drive a much harder bargain and the terms on offer will be a lot worse than what had b

Was Peshawar really another 9/11?
Dec 26, 2014

Was Peshawar really another 9/11?

The December 16, 2014 attack on an Army run school in Peshawar by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has caused global outrage. The attacks led to over 148 deaths of mostly children and some school staff.

Washington's Pakistan problem
Apr 08, 2011

Washington's Pakistan problem

The latest White House assessment of the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan submitted to the US Congress has questioned Pakistan's commitment towards degrading and defeating terrorist groups like al Qaeda and Taliban.

Were the Afghan Defence Forces ever prepared to protect Afghanistan?
Jul 13, 2021

Were the Afghan Defence Forces ever prepared to protect Afghanistan?

Historical precedents and contemporary facts on the ground abundantly establish the forces’ feebleness and overwhelming incapacity to tackle the sur

Western tech can protect Central Asia from the Afghan scenario
Dec 18, 2021

Western tech can protect Central Asia from the Afghan scenario

The tech industry will create a new social class in moderate Muslim states that will make them resilient to Islamic radicalization while building the

What India should do as Afghanistan plunges deeper into crisis
Aug 17, 2021

What India should do as Afghanistan plunges deeper into crisis

While Indian officials have participated in events where the Taliban have been present, India has been content to let others take the lead. We have, therefore, been unable to plan options for ensuring security of both the Indian nationals working in Afghanistan as well the diplomats at our embassy in Kabul, and this remains the primary responsibility at the moment.

What the Afghan peace deal means
Mar 02, 2020

What the Afghan peace deal means

The US cannot be seen to be losing the war in a re-election year, and so the US withdrawal needs repackaging as a peace process for Afghanistan. The problem is that nobody really knows what the Taliban wants and reconciling an emirate — and Shariat-based system with the existing constitution — is not easy.

What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?
Aug 31, 2021

What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?

While the supreme leader is there for life (or till he chooses to retire), the president is limited to two four-year terms, defining where the balance of power rests between them

Why Afghanistan will be a new geopolitical pivot
Sep 16, 2021

Why Afghanistan will be a new geopolitical pivot

The Taliban’s return will lead to geopolitical realignment. India’s ties with major powers will also be readjusted to manage terrorism coming from the Af-Pak area

Why does TTP target Pakistani State?
Dec 24, 2014

Why does TTP target Pakistani State?

One of the key reasons for TTP's survival has been Pakistan's policy of using terrorist groups as instruments of state policy. Pakistan Army's protection of the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban as ' strategic assets' helped TTP to retain its sanctuary and its attack capabilities.

Why India must go all out for a stable Kabul
Oct 28, 2016

Why India must go all out for a stable Kabul

India has underscored the need for improving connectivity with Kabul for trade and transit potential.

Why peace will remain elusive in Afghanistan
Feb 15, 2019

Why peace will remain elusive in Afghanistan

History is testament to the fact that no number of guarantees or pledges can deter the Taliban from reneging on promises.

Why the UN must evolve to fight modern-day terror
Oct 27, 2022

Why the UN must evolve to fight modern-day terror

The threat of terrorism itself has been fast evolving and far surpasses some of the fundamental challenges that the UN, UN Security Council, agencies and members are continuing to try and navigate

Why the Western Balkans matter to the European Union?
Oct 22, 2021

Why the Western Balkans matter to the European Union?

The accession talks between the EU and Western Balkans remain up in the air despite the recent summit. As the presence of foreign powers grow stronger

Why there was no Northern Alliance 2.0 this time in Afghanistan
Aug 19, 2021

Why there was no Northern Alliance 2.0 this time in Afghanistan

The Alliance, a concoction of tribal leaders and warlords held out in the northern parts of Afghanistan against the Taliban more than 25 years ago. However, the rapid fall of the north brought to the front that many who had previously helped the Northern Alliance, and even the US-led forces later in 2001 to depose the Taliban, were now in cahoots with the same group.

Will Af-Pak peace effort succeed?
Apr 22, 2011

Will Af-Pak peace effort succeed?

Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to form a joint commission to collaborate their efforts to reach a political solution to the Taliban insurgency. This was announced during the visit of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani to the Afghanistan capital of Kabul over the weekend.

Will the ceasefire on India Pakistan border sustain?
Sep 29, 2021

Will the ceasefire on India Pakistan border sustain?

As tensions increase across the border, there is very little keeping the peace together  

Will Trump’s Afghan peace deal hold up?
Aug 24, 2020

Will Trump’s Afghan peace deal hold up?

The looming danger is that the President Trump’s eagerness to tout the deal as a success would precipitate a hasty US withdrawal.

Women’s rights further deteriorate in Afghanistan
Jan 11, 2023

Women’s rights further deteriorate in Afghanistan

The year 2022 has brought a death knell for Afghan women. The international community needs to act now.

अफगाणिस्तान गृहयुद्धाच्या उंबरठ्यावर
Jul 23, 2021

अफगाणिस्तान गृहयुद्धाच्या उंबरठ्यावर

पाकिस्तानाच्या आशीर्वादाने भारतात दहशतवाद वाढवू शकतील, अशा संघटनांना अफगाणिस्तानात थारा मिळू नये, यासाठी प्रयत्न करण्यात भारताचे हित आहे.

अफगाणिस्तान, तालिबान आणि शांतता
Feb 19, 2019

अफगाणिस्तान, तालिबान आणि शांतता

अमेरिकेने सैन्य मागे घेण्याच्या निर्णयासोबत धगधगत्या अफगाणिस्तानमध्ये आणखी जटील असे नवीन प्रश्न उभे राहात आहेत, राहाणार आहेत. या प्रश्नांचा वेध घेणारा लेख.

अफगाणिस्तान-चीन यांच्यातील तेल करार
Aug 23, 2023

अफगाणिस्तान-चीन यांच्यातील तेल करार

अफगाणिस्तान-चीन सहकार्याच्या भविष्यासाठी तेल करार ही मूलभूत चाचणी असू शकते.

अफगाणिस्तान: सुरक्षा प्रदाता म्हणून तालिबानच्या चिंता आणि खर्च
Jun 08, 2023

अफगाणिस्तान: सुरक्षा प्रदाता म्हणून तालिबानच्या चिंता आणि खर्च

दहशतवादाविरुद्ध तालिबानशी संपर्क साधण्यापूर्वी जागतिक समुदायाने हे लक्षात घेतले पाहिजे की या हालचालीला राजकीय मर्यादा आणि परिणाम दोन्ही असतील.

अफगाणिस्तानबाबत भारताची दूरदृष्टी हवी
Oct 07, 2021

अफगाणिस्तानबाबत भारताची दूरदृष्टी हवी

अफगाणिस्तानच्या पार्श्वभूमीवर भारताने दक्षिण आशियाबाबतची भूमिका निश्चित करून, चीन-रशियासह सर्व संभाव्य भागीदारांशी जोडून घेणे, देशहिताचे ठरेल.