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  • Afghan elections and Af-Pak Strategy

    If Karzai were to become President again in the election seen as marked by fraud, his lack of legitimacy will only feed into the insurgent propaganda.

    September 29, 2009

    Contours of the India-United States Strategic Partnership

    The strategic partnership is moving towards a higher trajectory with growing co-operation in the areas of defence, economy, energy, education, environment, science, technology and innovation.

    September 29, 2009

    Will NATO Stay On in Afghanistan?

    A new actor was inducted in the decades-old Afghan conflict when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) assumed command of the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in August 2003. NATO's entry into the Afghan theatre took place in the backdrop of the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003. With the United States diverting its resources and greater attention to Iraq, NATO was to expand its operations throughout Afghanistan in support of the US-led coalition force in a phased manner.

    September 2009

    Afghan Presidential Elections: The Quest for Change

    As a harbinger of change in a conflict ridden country, the Afghan presidential elections being held on August 20 are important for both the people of Afghanistan and the international community. Hamid Karzai’s government is seen as weak, ineffective and corrupt. During the last eight years, progress has not been commensurate with the people’s expectations. With rising insecurity and instability, the international community views a credible election as a key plank in the stabilisation of Afghanistan.

    August 19, 2009

    Afghanistan: Stability on the Cheap?

    Eight winters since the launch of Enduring Freedom, the turmoil in Afghanistan continues. When contrasted with the progress in Iraqi Freedom, the gloom only deepens. Having applied the necessary mid- course corrections to the ‘ wrong war ’ (Iraq), there is hope on the horizon; despite the Obama administration’s shift of gaze and focus to the ‘ right war ’ (Afghanistan) to include a renewed and reworked military thrust, the initiative continues to rest with the Taliban.

    August 17, 2009

    Tackling or Trailing the Taliban : An Assessment

    Due to the long and porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the situation in the region could worsen with Taliban groups from both sides joining hands to fight the US and Pakistani forces

    July 20, 2009

    The National Front in Afghan Politics: An Exploratory Study

    The Jabhe-e-Melli or the National Front (NF) is largely considered inconsequential in Afghan politics. It is often dismissed as a loose mlange of elements from the former United Front or the Northern Alliance, some ex-communists, and former royalists, which is bound to wither away sooner than later. The Front is said to represent the interests of a political class which is disgruntled with the politics and the policies of President Hamid Karzai, and which is struggling to preserve its erstwhile status and relevance in the power politics of Afghanistan.

    July 2009

    Is Pakistan a Failing State?

    In recent months the international media has focused on the issue of Pakistan becoming a failed state soon. A top US counter terrorism expert David Kilcullen who advised David Petreaus in Iraq on counter terrorism strategy has opined that Pakistan may fail within six months. Concerns about stability in Pakistan became more acute when Taliban began their advance out of Swat towards Punjab earlier this year. The media highlighted the fragility of Pakistan by pointing out that the Taliban had come within 100 miles of Islamabad.

    June 16, 2009

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Afghanistan

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    May 29, 2009
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    10 soldiers killed in Afghanistan; 2009 is critical year for Afghanistan:UN chief; UN: Security in Afghanistan may worsen in 2009; India suggests integrated approach for peace in Afghanistan;

    9-15 March 2009
    Volume: 
    3
    Issue: 
    1
    2009

    Four American soldiers, a Canadian soldier, an Afghan journalist, and six security guards were among those killed in continuing violence in the country during the week.1

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