Afghanistan
The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: A Turning Point in Global Terrorism

“Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”1
- George W Bush 43rd President o....

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-31 August 2021

DEFENCE

Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 06 September - 12 September 2021

Economic
Global Economic Warfare Intensifies as Military Conflict Recedes
The last American soldier had barely left Afghanistan when President Biden pledged that pressure on the Taliban would continue through other means, in parti....

How is Central Asia Reacting to Afghanistan’s Fall?

Introduction
The developments that Central Asian Republics (CARs) have been dreading in recent weeks have begun to unfold. On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Kabul, which ultimately led to the collapse of the Afghan government headed....

Taliban’s Victory: Implications for the Region

The Taliban victory in Afghanistan in the 90s had displaced Rabbani government from Kabul. It was a slow process; they could not establish control over the North, which remained under the control of the Northern Alliance. This time they have achieved....

Sino-Tajik Relations: An Unequal Partnership

The narrative about the ‘peaceful Rise of China’ is ironic. China has border disputes with all its neighbours. Some of these issues have been addressed, while some still exist. For example, its border dispute with India is a critical issue affect....

Regional Equations amid US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The sudden withdrawal of US forces on the night of 1st July 2021 from Bagram created a piquant situation not only for Afghanistan security forces but also for the entire world. While a withdrawal was always in the offing, with a deadline being previo....

Blinken’s India Visit: Taking Strategic Partnership to the “Next Level”

The just concluded visit of the US Secretary of State Blinken to India merits keen scrutiny coming as it has on the cusps of regional developments in Afghanistan, global pandemic management, forthcoming meetings on the Indo Pacific and a host of ongo....

Afghan Lives Matter: Part 1- Role of Pakistan and her Emerging Dilemma

(This article is Part 1 of two parts’ series; second part will be on the Taliban role and what to expect from them and what does one make of the chorus of voices one sees in favour of Taliban and why any such outreach will take us nowhere.) ....

The Taliban on the Offensive in Afghanistan Ahead of the US Withdrawal

The foreign troops are leaving Afghanistan after twenty years of war. The US President surprised many by bringing forward the end of operation to August 31; he however, excluded nearly 650 troops for offering security for the US embassy in Kabul. Ear....

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