Introduction

As the transfer of power to the Taliban unfolds in Afghanistan, we examine the past events leading up to this moment, the consequences of this change in government, and the future of the geopolitical landscape

India and developments in Afghanistan

Now that the “War on Terror” has concluded, India needs to define its role in the South Asian Region and attempt to engage with all possible partners, including China and Russia


Suspending Afghanistan from SAARC and international law

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


The economics of the Taliban takeover

Taliban 2.0 are working towards ensuring that they are not dependent on external sources of revenue


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 seen.


20 years since 9/11: Transnational jihadist threat remains constant

Two decades down the line, the “War on Terror” remains far from over


The Taliban takeover: Afghanistan-Bangladesh relations during this period of transition

Resurgence of terrorism and a further influx of refugees are areas of concern for Bangladesh after the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan


Afghanistan: A call for leadership?

What the US leadership must consider as it has beat a hasty and embarrasing retreat from Afghanistan


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


Resurgent Taliban and its implications on Kashmir

With a Taliban working in close tandem with Pakistan-backed militant groups, the spillover of violence into Kashmir might be a distinct possibility


To start democracy in Afghanistan, we need to stop Pakistan

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Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific

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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.


Shaming of the Western Liberal Order

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The realignment of geopolitics after the Taliban takeover and what it means for India

The burial of another superpower in the graveyard of empires resets the regional security balance in South Asia with New Delhi being left to make some tough choices


From ‘Night Letters’ to the Internet: Propaganda, the Taliban and the Afghanistan Crisis

The fast-unfolding crisis in Afghanistan, spearheaded by the Taliban’s territorial


The fall of Afghanistan

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


Afghanistan: The endgame and the new great game

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The US should provide an explanation for the enfeebled Afghan military

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Implications of the Evolving Situation in Afghanistan

The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate.


The Afghan conundrum: Russia, India, and the difficult road ahead

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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.


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 would entail for Afghanistan.


China sees both an opportunity and a threat in Afghanistan

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi recently hosted a delegation of


Keep social distance from the Taliban

If the Taliban remain unreconstructed and unreformed, India will only lose and not gain anything from engaging with them.


Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: The only way to tame a belligerent Taliban

The SCO and Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) have been at the forefront to fight terrorism, separatism, and regional extremism.


How the US lost the plot in Afghanistan

In some ways, the real war began after 2009, as the US forces drew down from Iraq. The result was a carrots and sticks approach; the swelling to over 60,000 US troops in Afghanistan (with another 30,000 committed during the “surge”) coupled with greater economic assistance to Pakistan


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 surging militancy that threatens to push the war-torn country into further chaos.


Apocalypse Afghanistan

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Pakistan’s games in Afghanistan

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Can China, Pakistan, and India cooperate in Afghanistan?

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India–Pakistan rivalry heating up over Afghanistan

After much delay and anticipation, US President Joe Biden recently