Afghanistan
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....

Pakistan External and Internal Developments

Pakistan remains mired in complexities and uncertainties. On the external front, Post US withdrawal from Afghanistan, what will be Pakistan's role in Afghanistan? How far it's own security will be affected in case of Taliban gaining the upper hand in....

US / NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan and its Implications

The author had the opportunity to attend on 5 May 2021 a very engaging round table jointly hosted by the Vivekananda Foundation, New Delhi, and Hudson Institute, Washington DC on the imminent US/NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and its impact on the ....

Afghanistan Stares at an Uncertain Future

The American troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan without an agreed political system in place. After nearly 20 years of a democratic period, Afghanistan is at the risk of losing the gains it made in the last 20 years of a democratic system. ....

Biden’s Exit Plan: US decides to Pullout Troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021

On April 13, 2021, US President Joe Biden announced the departure of American troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year- a symbolic date, coinciding with the horrific terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in the New York City and Pentago....

Biden’s Afghanistan Dilemma: Withdraw or not to Withdraw Troops without a Peace Deal

February 2021 marked exactly one year since United States (US) and the Taliban signed “The Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan”, in a bid to end decades of war in the country. One of the key features of the agreement reached by the former....

Afghanistan: Status of Doha Agreement and the Way Forward

To mark one year of the Doha Agreement between the US and the Taliban, signed on 29 February 2020 in Doha, the Vivekananda International Foundation in collaboration with a prominent Kabul based think tank, Afghans Institute for Strategic St....

Can Biden Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

The Joseph Biden administration declared on 23rd January, 2021, within a few days of coming to power that it will reassess the agreement reached by Donald Trump with the Taliban in February 2020. It stated that the US proposed to review whether the m....

Where do the Afghanistan-Taliban Peace Talks Stand?

Nearly two decades after the US-led military intervention in October 2001 toppled the Taliban, Washington was compelled to sign a ‘peace agreement’ with its nemesis. One of the most critical aspects of the agreement was to get the Afghan governme....

International Security: Review of 2020 & Projections for 2021

The year 2020 shall be recorded as an unprecedented year in the modern history of humankind. The outbreak of China-origin Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has eclipsed the events in global security. On one side, the spread of coronavirus enforced....

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