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India’s Afghan Policy

Background Afghanistan has been ravaged by war since 2001 when a US-led coalition overthrew the Taliban. Since October 2018, Taliban representatives and US officials have been meeting in Doha, Qatar trying to chalk out a peace treaty. The negotiations focus on three elements: Withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. To prevent Afghanistan from being used by international terrorist… Continue reading India’s Afghan Policy

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Indo-Afghan relations!

The India–Afghanistan relationship is not a simple bilateral engagement. India’s Afghan policy is driven by many extraneous factors such as its geographical constraints, its search for a transit route to Central Asia through Afghanistan and Iran, its troubled relationship with Pakistan and the growing threat of terrorism in India and Afghanistan etc. The centuries-old ties… Continue reading Indo-Afghan relations!

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Drawing Kabul into a closer embrace

The Hindu Context PM Modi’s visit to Afghanistan Issue India should not keep its relationship limited to infrastructure and should look for expanding the scope of its relationship with Afghanistan. India’s contribution to Afghanistan India has invested in economic reconstruction in post-Taliban Afghanistan. India has built Salma dam in Herat province, which will boost the… Continue reading Drawing Kabul into a closer embrace

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Negotiating with the Taliban

The recently concluded Doha Dialogue on ‘Peace and Security in Afghanistan’ presents a number of opportunities for the international community, as well as India, in dealing with the resurgent Taliban phenomenon. This conference was significant because key leaders from the Taliban’s Qatar office, the only one of its kind set up by the dominant Taliban… Continue reading Negotiating with the Taliban

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Renewed attempts to stabilise Afghanistan

Watch Debate here Summary: Renewed attempts are being made for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Representatives of over two dozen countries met in Islamabad earlier this month as part of the Heart of Asia conference. This process was launched in 2011 to promote Afghan peace efforts. The conference ended with calls for the resumption of… Continue reading Renewed attempts to stabilise Afghanistan

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(TAPI) Pipeline Project

  Almost 25 years after its inception, finally physical work has been started on the $ 10 billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Pipeline Project. Afghan, Pakistani and Indian leaders recently took part in the ground breaking ceremony of the 1,814 kilometres project that is due to be completed by 2019. The pipeline, which will pass through Herat… Continue reading (TAPI) Pipeline Project

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Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process

It was established to provide a platform to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political, and economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbors. It aimed at enhancing security around Afghanistan and promoting economic development in that country. Apart from the immediate neighbours, the process has drawn in major countries that hem the region, including China and… Continue reading Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process