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Vishal Chandra

Research Fellow
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Joined IDSA

October 2003


Politics of Afghan Conflict


M.Phil., School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; studied social-cultural Anthropology and History for undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.


He qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lectureship conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India in the year 2000, and was a recipient of the UGC fellowship on Area Studies Programme at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

He was associated with the Reintegration, Reconstruction & Reconciliation (R3) Working Group on Afghanistan, an initiative of the RNSSC/NESA Center for Strategic Studies, Washington D.C. He has also been associated with the India-Pakistan Track-II dialogue organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES, India).

He regularly lectures on Afghan affairs at various institutions. As part of his research, he has travelled widely in Afghanistan.

He is also Member of the IDSA Web Editorial Team.

Select Publications


  • The Unfinished War in Afghanistan: 2001-2014, IDSA, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2014

    Reviews: Journal of Slavic Military Studies (Routledge, July-September 2015 issue), India Today/Mail Today (March 08, 2015), The Pioneer (Sunday Edition, March 08, 2015), The Book Review (February 2015), The New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur, January 2015), Indian Foreign Affairs Journal (October-December 2014), Amar Ujala (Hindi, Sunday Edition, March 22, 2015) and Nai Dunia (Hindi, January 2015) 

Edited Books

Book Chapters

  • “Beijing: Kabul’s ‘Reliable’ Strategic Partner”, in Jagannath Prasad Panda (ed.), IDSA China Year Book: China’s Transition Under Xi Jinping, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2016.
  • "Where is Afghanistan Headed?", in Arpita Basu Roy and Srimanti Sarkar (eds.), The Political Future of Afghanistan: Issues and Perspectives , Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), KW Publishers, New Delhi, 2016.
  • “Afghanistan 2014: Towards Uncertainty” in Maneesha Tikekar (ed.), Constitutionalism and Democracy in South Asia, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • “Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The China Factor”, in S.D. Muni & Vivek Chadha (eds.), Asian Strategic Review, IDSA, New Delhi, Pentagon Press, 2013. (co-authored)
  • Afghanistan’s National Army: Expectations and Scepticism”, in India’s Neighbourhood: The Armies of South Asia, IDSA, New Delhi, Pentagon Press, 2013.
  • “Afghanistan: Likely Scenarios & India’s Policy Options” in Rumel Dahiya & Ashok K. Behuria (eds.), India’s Neighbourhood: Challenges in the Next Two Decades, IDSA, New Delhi, Pentagon Security International, 2012.
  • “Negotiating with the Afghan Taliban: Paving the Way to Peace or Civil War?”, in Arpita Basu Roy, Binoda Kumar Mishra & Aliva Mishra (eds.), International Intervention in Afghanistan: Motives & Approaches, New Delhi, Shipra Publications, 2012.
  • “Growing Afghan Maze: An Opportunity for Indo-Iranian Re-Engagement?”, in Anwar Alam (ed.), India and Iran: An Assessment of Contemporary Relations, New Delhi, New Century Publications, July 2011.
  • “Indo-Afghan Relations: Trends & Challenges” in India’s Foreign Policy: Continuity & Change, Delhi, Academic Excellence, 2008.
  • “Afghanistan: Divided Defenders of Democracy” in S.D. Muni (ed.), IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2008 and “Afghanistan: Growing Uncertainties” in S.D. Muni(ed.), IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2007, New Delhi, Academic Foundation.
  • “The Taliban Resurrection & the Changing Course of Afghan Civil War” in K. Warikoo (ed.), Afghanistan: The Challenge, New Delhi, Pentagon Press, 2007.


Short Articles/Commentaries

Other Publications