In this episode of Interpreting India, Avinash Paliwal and Thomas Ruttig join Deep Pal to analyze the present situation in Afghanistan, what the implications of the U.S. withdrawal might be, and what this might mean for India and other countries involved.
The withdrawal of the United States and its NATO allies from Afghanistan has led to concerns over the Kabul government’s ability to survive in the face of an aggressive Taliban onslaught. The peace process, which the U.S. had initiated between the Taliban and the Afghan government, has also stalled without achieving a settlement. While President Ghani has asserted that the government forces are prepared to meet the challenges that the withdrawal presents, analysts remain pessimistic about the possibilities.
2:26 The Current Situation and Prospects for Peace
8:48 On the Possibility of a Power-Sharing Agreement
16:01 The Taliban and its Factions, and the India-Pakistan Dyad
54:58 On the Role of Other Countries and Players
57:40 Where is the Conflict Headed?
2. Afghanistan After the US Withdrawal: An Elusive Peace by Thomas Ruttig
3. Engaging with the Taliban is Necessary by Avinash Paliwal
5. My Enemy's Enemy: India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US by Avinash Paliwal
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