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Afghanistan Imbroglio - An Appraisal.

Evidently, the Afghanistan imbroglio is far from being settled down. Obama's announcement of withdrawal plan; the initiative of London Conference that gave Kabul a green signal to carry out negotiations with the fighting groups; bilateral and multilateral initiatives, involving scores of countries having stakes in Afghanistan, for finding a workable solution to Afghan crisis; the surge in coalition troops and active military campaign for subduing the resistance movement; the diverging approaches of regional countries and their struggle of vying with others for achieving their own 'national interests' in Afghanistan; and rising confusion among the coalition forces led by the United States and even among different departments of US administration and establishment, have made the whole issue rather complex.

After the dramatic shift in the US Congress and Senate following the 2010 midterm elections and the review of NATO's Afghan policy in Lisbon Conference, the coalition strategy in Afghanistan seems to be garbing even more doubts and uncertainties.

Considering the imminent implications of any future dispensation in Afghanistan for the region and the world at large, it is pertinent to analyze the positions, policies, roles, interests and objectives of different forces active in the situation of Afghanistan, the current and probable future scenario, and options and choices available to different stakeholders in the war-torn country. A few important themes to analyze are: the current US-NATO objectives in Afghanistan; their short-term and long-term strategies; Pak-India endeavors; regional and global politics; and the current status of resistance movement.

To analyze and understand these critical factors, interviews with eminent scholars, foreign policy experts, and political thinkers were conducted to bring out analyses that could provide the policy makers and individuals at the helm of affairs with different perspectives and relevant input for future strategies regarding the issue at hand.

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Publication:Policy Perspectives
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:Jun 30, 2011
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