India's Afghan Muddle

India's Afghan Muddle

by Harsh V. Pant

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India's Afghan Muddle by Harsh V. Pant

It's 2014. Afghanistan's biggest watershed since 2001, the year the war on terror began, is upon it. American forces are in the middle of a pullout that is likely to result in a much smaller US military foorprint after this year. On the face of it, the stage is set for India-a regional power with global aspirations-to rise to the occasion, bank on its goodwill, and help rebuild the nation. But presented with a golden opportunity, India has been found wanting. This book examines the changing trajectory of Indian policy owards Afghanistan and argues that New Delhi has been responding to a strategic environment shaped by other actors, without developing an autonomous posture. By refusing to be proactive, India has lost the initiative and done some long-term damage to its vital interests, the least of which is gaining access to the energy-rich central Asian region while the biggest is to foil Pakistan and the Taliban's designs of once again rising to prominence in Afghanistan. The way in which India's foreign policy shapes up this year-or if it does at all-will determine the consequences for Indian security once Western forces depart. As Afghanistan braces for the most important year in its political history since 2001, India's Afghan Muddle sets the terms for the debate on why 2014 is no less important for India as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789351362135
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Publication date: 12/05/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 523 KB

About the Author

Harsh V. Pant teaches in the Department of Defence Studies London. He is also an Associate with the King's Centre for Science and Security and lectures at the UK Defence Academy. He is the author of Contemporary Debates in Indian Foreign and Security Policy and editor of Indian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World . His current research is focused on Asia-Pacific security and defence issues.

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