India-Afghanistan Relations

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  • India and Taliban

    The unfolding horror in Afghanistan appears foreboding for India, as for the rest of the world, considering that a war-ravaged Afghanistan can well become a global terrorism hub under the Taliban.

    August 30, 2021

    What are India, Iran, and Afghanistan’s Benefits from the Chabahar Port Agreement?

    Over the last decade we have seen a race to build ports in the Indian Ocean as the two Asian powerhouses, China and India, compete to assert their regional influence. The newest addition to this power struggle is the Chabahar Port, located in Chabahar, a coastal town in the Sistan–Baluchistan region in south-eastern Iran, next to the Gulf of Oman, and at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz (Figure 1). Its strategic importance and economic value have drawn attention from many countries; however, India was the quickest to secure a deal to develop the port.

    January 2017

    Need to Take a More Confident View of Kabul

    Need to Take a More Confident View of Kabul

    Fears about the Beijing-Rawalpindi axis scripting Kabul politics and thereby causing the complete marginalisation of New Delhi in the region appear far-fetched given the political dynamics of Afghanistan.

    April 28, 2015

    India should rethink its Afghan policy

    India should rethink its Afghan policy

    India should continue to play the Afghan game but no longer by showering financial largesse but by deploying its skills of political manoeuvring.

    April 28, 2015

    India and China: Exploring Partnership in Afghanistan

    India and China: Exploring Partnership in Afghanistan

    In this final part of the Policy Paper series, P Stobdan deliberates that if India and China make a calibrated move for working together in Afghanistan, the outcome could be more harmonizing than conflicting. So when India reviews its post-2014 Afghan policy, the China factor should not be seen in a zero-sum perception for many in the West may press India playing a countervailing role to China.

    December 02, 2013

    India’s Policy Objectives in Afghanistan

    India’s interests lie in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and one of its major policy objectives would be to see the elimination of terrorism from Afghanistan and the destruction of all sanctuaries of the Taliban and the Al Qaeda.

    November 21, 2013

    Karthikeyan G and Digvijay Singh asked: What is the likely scenario in Afghanistan post-2014? What are the implications for India, and how should India deal with it?

    Reply: Kindly refer to the IDSA publication by Vishal Chandra, “Afghanistan: Likely Scenarios and India’s Options” in Rumel Dahiya & Ashok K. Behuria (eds.), India’s Neighbourhood: Challenges in the Next Two Decades, Pentagon Security International, New Delhi, 2012, pp. 1-18 (free download)

    The above chapter presents three alternative scenarios and thereafter identifies the most plausible scenario for post-2014 Afghanistan. Based on the likely scenarios, the chapter suggests/recommends policy alternatives for India.

    President Karzai’s visit to India: Leveraging Strategic Partnership

    Afghanistan seems to be torn between hope and despair. The fate of ‘New Afghanistan’ will largely depend on the commitment of the international community to support the ongoing process of transition and stabilization.

    May 23, 2013