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Taliban 2.0: Stronger or Moving Towards Fragmentation?
Sep 07, 2023

Taliban 2.0: Stronger or Moving Towards Fragmentation?

Two years after the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, the debates around whether the group remains intact or has become divided have surfaced once again. In the immediate aftermath of the fall of Kabul in August 2021, there were speculations that the country could be going into a civil war or the Taliban would eventually come to a split. This brief analyses the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s resurgence in Kabul and weighs in o

Taliban and Al-Qaeda ties: A threat to the Afghan peace process
Dec 04, 2020

Taliban and Al-Qaeda ties: A threat to the Afghan peace process

This alliance is still capable of recruiting, training, and executing largescale, coordinated attacks. Hence, a need to see an end to this alliance is

Taliban making political gains without any commitment
Mar 13, 2014

Taliban making political gains without any commitment

Recent political developments suggest that the Taliban is taking measures to gain important political points while not committing to anything concrete. The US-Afghan rift has not only created confusion regarding the future of the country but also given the Taliban some breathing Space.

Taliban trying a comeback
May 26, 2006

Taliban trying a comeback

By all accounts, the new Taliban is more aggressive, well armed and trained, in collaboration with Al Qaeda and other terrorist elements, determined to take over, to begin with, southern Afghanistan, despite the presence of coalition forces.

Taliban vs the Republic
May 01, 2023

Taliban vs the Republic

The situation for most Afghans remains critical

Taliban's piercing 'Spring Offensive' - dominance or desperation?
Jul 02, 2011

Taliban's piercing 'Spring Offensive' - dominance or desperation?

Increased insurgent violence in Afghanistan since the start of the Taliban's 'spring offensive' in May has further deteriorated the country's state of security.

Talibanisation of Punjab
Dec 09, 2007

Talibanisation of Punjab

There are increasing signs of Talibanisation striking roots in some of the districts of Punjab, the political and military centre of Pakistan, said Prof. Kalim Bahadur, well-known expert on Pakistan, during a discussion organised at Observer Research Foundation on September 12 in New Delhi.

Taliban’s Afghanistan: An Emerging Security Challenge for India and Central Asia
Aug 16, 2023

Taliban’s Afghanistan: An Emerging Security Challenge for India and Central Asia

Relations between India and the Central Asia Republics (CARs) have matured over the past three decades, primarily in the areas of military technology, defence, counterterrorism, and economy, and culture. Following the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan and the resultant security, geostrategic, and geoeconomic challenges, India and the CARs must aim to strengthen their ties. This brief assesses the evolving situation in Afghanistan

Taliban’s involvement in Afghan peace process inevitable: Karzai
Jan 11, 2019

Taliban’s involvement in Afghan peace process inevitable: Karzai

Afghanistan and India enjoyed a “romantic relationship,” with close cultural ties.

Taliban’s Kashmir policy: Rhetoric, ideology, and interests
Sep 21, 2022

Taliban’s Kashmir policy: Rhetoric, ideology, and interests

The Taliban walks a tightrope as it tries to balance India and Pakistan.

Taliban’s response to the crisis in Pakistan
May 16, 2023

Taliban’s response to the crisis in Pakistan

As Pakistan grapples with an existential polycrisis of the state, the response of the TTP and Afghan Taliban across the border raise additional concer

Taliban’s Return Threatens Past Gains for Aghanistan’s Women and Girls
Feb 22, 2022

Taliban’s Return Threatens Past Gains for Aghanistan’s Women and Girls

In the midst of the chaotic withdrawal of the US-led forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban swept back to power in Kabul on 15 August 2021. Since then, the Taliban have repeatedly attempted to project a more moderate brand of governance. However, the Taliban leaders have yet to enunciate clear policies on issues such as women’s and girls’ access to education, employment, and political participation. Early indications nonetheless suggest that th

Taliban’s takeover: Challenges in establishing control
Jun 15, 2022

Taliban’s takeover: Challenges in establishing control

With the Taliban grappling with both internal and external challenges, the need of the hour is to help it develop a joint security system.

Taliban’s unending crackdown on Afghan female journalists
Jun 04, 2022

Taliban’s unending crackdown on Afghan female journalists

Afghan female journalists have no choice but to give up their profession as the Taliban increases pressure.

A Taliban divided
Mar 21, 2022

A Taliban divided

With the common enemy gone, would the simmering tensions within the Taliban movement lead to a full-fledged split?

A year into Taliban rule, women live in fear
Sep 01, 2022

A year into Taliban rule, women live in fear

Despite glaring evidence of women's rights violations in Afghanistan, the international community remains silent.

Afghan President's Taliban predicament
Apr 20, 2015

Afghan President's Taliban predicament

More than six months into his tenure, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is possibly as far from achieving a breakthrough with the Taliban. There is no unanimity in the Taliban for peace talks. And Pakistan's failure to bring the Taliban to the table could possibly be a reflection of its limited influence over the group and a bigger obstacle to the talks may be the Taliban itself.

Afghan women under Taliban rule
Dec 27, 2021

Afghan women under Taliban rule

Since the fall of Kabul, women and girls are increasingly living under deplorable conditions in Afghanistan

Afghanistan under Taliban 2.0: Revisiting its humanitarian crisis
Jun 15, 2022

Afghanistan under Taliban 2.0: Revisiting its humanitarian crisis

With the reinstallation of the Taliban’s power in 2021, a humanitarian nightmare still persists

Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban
Apr 07, 2015

Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban

The change in leadership in Kabul has provided a new opportunity for the US and Afghanistan to work together. Media reports suggesting a larger role for the United States post-2014 than originally envisaged have been doing the rounds for the better part of the past six months.

Afghanistan: A strategic and tactical battle between the Taliban and Islamic State Khorasan Province
Aug 31, 2021

Afghanistan: A strategic and tactical battle between the Taliban and Islamic State Khorasan Province

Though small at the moment, the ISKP has the potential to gain momentum from the rebuilding of Afghanistan post US withdrawal

Afghanistan: Anxiety over possible economic collapse and Taliban take-over
May 25, 2013

Afghanistan: Anxiety over possible economic collapse and Taliban take-over

The security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating and there is an overall sense of anxiety about a possible economic collapse and a Taliban takeover. The role of Pakistan and China will add to India's challenging task to ensure stability in Afghanistan in the next few years.

Afghanistan: Costs and concerns of the Taliban as a security provider
Jun 05, 2023

Afghanistan: Costs and concerns of the Taliban as a security provider

Before engaging with the Taliban on counterterrorism, the global community needs to realise that this move will have both political limitations and re

Afghanistan: Gender apartheid under the Taliban regime
Mar 18, 2023

Afghanistan: Gender apartheid under the Taliban regime

Labelling the discrimination against women under the Taliban as “gender apartheid” could work as a catalyst for change in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Iran, the Taliban and the US drawdown
May 08, 2015

Afghanistan: Iran, the Taliban and the US drawdown

Much has already been written about both the drawdown of US troops from the region, and the recent Iranian nuclear deal and the possible impact it could have on Iran-US relations.

Afghanistan: ISI crony on attack-mode as Taliban readies for political role
Sep 16, 2011

Afghanistan: ISI crony on attack-mode as Taliban readies for political role

A decade after the 'Twin Towers' came crashing down in New York, the US has given its blessings for the Taliban to open its political office in the distant West Asian State of Qatar.

Afghanistan: Peace talks with Taliban gain momentum
Jul 06, 2012

Afghanistan: Peace talks with Taliban gain momentum

For the first time, Taliban and Government representatives met publicly on June 27 in Japan, signalling another round of parleys between the belligerents to find a negotiated end to the insurgency.

Analysing the impact of the Taliban deal on jihadist violence in South Asia
Aug 24, 2020

Analysing the impact of the Taliban deal on jihadist violence in South Asia

This deal temporarily shields US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, but has directly harmed Afghan civilians, security forces and allies in the region.

Barbarians at the gate as Afghanistan reels from a Taliban onslaught
Aug 14, 2021

Barbarians at the gate as Afghanistan reels from a Taliban onslaught

The re-rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of how the more the world changes, the more it remains the same. In the end, America will move on and India will manage. But it is the ordinary Afghans who had placed their faith in the goodwill of these nations that are left to fend for themselves.

Brewing apprehensions: Bangladesh watchful of Taliban
Sep 09, 2021

Brewing apprehensions: Bangladesh watchful of Taliban

How will the takeover by the Taliban affect Bangladesh and will we see a strong resurgence of Taliban-inspired Islamist outfits?

Can Pakistan take on the Taliban?
Dec 23, 2014

Can Pakistan take on the Taliban?

Taliban's origins are very much in the Pakistan's State agencies and hence it cannot be called a non-State actor. It is too large and too fragmented to be taken up as one enemy. For PM Nawaz Sheriff to declare that there is 'no good or bad Taliban' is just an empty rhetoric and still part of the same old double-speak.

Challenges and complexities of the Taliban’s governance
Oct 14, 2023

Challenges and complexities of the Taliban’s governance

Over the past two years, the Taliban has faced internal power tussles and demolished key inherited institutions which has greatly impacted the Afghan

Chasing an ‘inclusive government’ in Taliban’s Afghanistan
Jul 14, 2023

Chasing an ‘inclusive government’ in Taliban’s Afghanistan

The rush towards demanding political inclusivity from the Taliban has been downgraded to a mere talking point while realpolitik takes charge

China Courts the Taliban
Sep 30, 2023

China Courts the Taliban

China has appointed a new ambassador to Afghanistan, signaling its growing support for the Taliban. While other countries have not formally recognized the emirate, China's decision to appoint a new ambassador demonstrates its willingness to make its support more explicit without de jure recognition. China has already signed oil and mining deals with the Taliban, and has shown interest in investing in Afghanistan's mineral deposits.

China's dichotomous ties with the Taliban and Uyghurs
Sep 26, 2023

China's dichotomous ties with the Taliban and Uyghurs

Both Beijing and the Taliban hope to secure their interests by engaging bilaterally, with both sides increasing repression in their respective countri

China's Taliban
Jul 31, 2015

China's Taliban

If New Delhi lets domestic political passions overwhelm the need for a carefully crafted strategy towards Pakistan, it will find the Afghan dynamic will soon make matters a lot more difficult for India.

China’s oil gambit in Taliban’s Afghanistan
Jan 12, 2023

China’s oil gambit in Taliban’s Afghanistan

The oil deal could be a fundamental test for the future of Afghanistan-China cooperation

China’s practice in recognising Governments: The case of Taliban
Sep 15, 2021

China’s practice in recognising Governments: The case of Taliban

International recognition of government has always been more based on realpolitik rather than agreed upon priniciples

Donald Trump's decision to cancel 'secret' talks with the Taliban
Sep 09, 2019

Donald Trump's decision to cancel 'secret' talks with the Taliban

Trump's move is likely to be temporary, as he is keen to show that he has upheld his election commitments.