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Avinash Paliwal.What It's Like To Have a BRITISH Friend - Markian
Oxford University Press. On 29 February, a landmark agreement was ed between the United States of America and the Taliban that was deed to see the withdrawal of the majority of U. Pakistan on the other hand who Afghanistan shares a lukewarm relationship with due to unresolved differences over the Durrand line clinched a breakthrough in the country with support to Afghan Mujahideen groups on behalf of the U.
These political maneuvers were matched with unfettered investments by India, aimed at creating infrastructure and additional capacity in the war-battered landscape. A few ificant projects included a road from Delaram-Zaranj and another from Kandahar-Spin Boldak; and perhaps most ificantly, the construction of the Afghan Parliament.
Such Indian investments were in part made possible thanks to the relative Discreet asian friend provided by the U. With the recent ing of the agreement between the U. The need for such a framework to interpret the complexity of the political situation in Afghanistan is necessitated by the dynamic nature of the political landscape across time and space.
Edward T. This book explains the trajectory of the relationship between India and Afghanistan by dividing their history into three phases: Debating Neutrality, Debating Containment and Debating Engagement. In the present context, with the possible emergence of sections of the Taliban as legitimate decision-makers in Afghanistan, revisiting the Debating Containment phase is extremely useful.
As explained in the book, the Indian foreign policy establishment can be divided into two groups: Conciliators and Partisans. Paliwal uses his conceptual framework based on the application of the ACF to analyse the negotiations that took place when the Indian Airlines flight was Discreet asian friend in While Paliwal focused on the revival of the strategy of Conciliators to voice public opposition to the Taliban while at the same time maintaining discreet engagement with other faction the present situation in merits the need for a strategy that rests on realpolitik to engage with various factions within the Taliban.
It is of concern to India that Indian assets in Afghanistan were targeted by the Haqqani group, a major Taliban faction. At the same time, it is worth mentioning that Taliban cannot be characterised merely as a jihadi proxy created by Inter-Services Intelligence ISI. Instead, one can argue that the formation of the Taliban is a coming together of various factions with different interests, and varying degrees of allegiance, at times non-allegiance, to political and military leadership of Pakistan. In the s, the Indian foreign policy establishment embraced a much more nuanced approach towards the Taliban.
It is to be noted that Abdullah Abdullah was associated with the Northern Alliance during the war with the Taliban from Abdullah raised doubts regarding the legitimacy of the mandate. Listen to Friends, Enemies or just Neighbours? The recording includes a contribution from author Avinash Paliwal.
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