Vishal Chandra

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  • Vishal Chandra is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    Karzai Raises the Anti-Taliban Rhetoric

    Kabul has for long been wary of Pakistan’s idea of negotiating ‘peace’ deals with Taliban militants operating out of its north-western tribal areas. Pakistan’s earlier peace deals in 2004 and in 2006 were short-lived and had helped the Taliban emerge stronger. Moreover, the 2006 North Waziristan Pact had led to a notable surge in Taliban attacks west of the Durand Line.

    June 30, 2008

    India's Neighbourhood Challenges Ahead

    India's Neighbourhood Challenges Ahead
    • Publisher: IDSA & Rubicon Publishers Pvt Ltd.
    • ISBN 1-85845-379-8,
    • Price: ₹ 560
    2008

    Making of the New Afghan National Army: Challenges and Prospects

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    March 15, 2008
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    The Irrepressible Taliban!

    The Taliban are proving to be increasingly irrepressible. They seem to be adapting, faster than expected, to the challenges confronting them. Although in terms of weaponry they cannot match the vastly superior Western forces, in terms of propaganda, psyops and operational reach they are proving to be a force to reckon with. In retrospect one can say that the Taliban made good use of the time made available to them by the United States when it shifted its focus towards Iraq in late 2002.

    January 2008

    Iran and the Resurgent Taliban: An Assessment

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    August 29, 2007
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    China's Afghan Policy: Trends and Determinants

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    February 23, 2007
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Afghanistan: Galloping Backward

    That the Taliban power stands resurrected is a fact now. At the same time, the 'war on terror' is also showing signs of fatigue. It has already come to a halt in the north-western tribal expanse of Pakistan, the cradle of the Taliban's resurrection. Dubbed as 'remnants' until recently, the Taliban today are a power to reckon with, effectively redrawing the power equations within Afghanistan.

    December 27, 2006

    Taliban: From a 'Remnant' to a 'Resurgent' Force

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    September 01, 2006
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Import of Afghan President's Visit to India

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai's four-day state visit to India from April 9-12, 2006 was the fourth since he was appointed Chairman of the Afghan interim administration in December 2001. His visit assumes significance in the backdrop of heightened violence in Afghanistan, the inclusion of Afghanistan in SAARC with India's facilitation, the recent political row between Afghanistan and Pakistan over the issue of cross-border terrorism, and the March 2006 visit of President Bush to the Subcontinent.

    April 26, 2006

    Warlords, Drugs and the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan: The Paradoxes

    The US-led ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan has led to the re-establishment of the warlords, and has failed to adequately address the issue of drug menace in an effective manner. As the Bonn process ended with the September 2005 elections, and the US forces are likely to partially withdraw this year, it is pertinent to evaluate the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan and its implications for the post-election Afghanistan.

    January 2006

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