Why India Must Rethink Its Afghan Strategy With US Phasing Out Its Presence

Most commentators have a tendency to view the current Afghanistan conflict with a fixed US foreign policy lens, focusing almost entirely on assessing the progress, or the lack thereof, being made by American forces.

But it has now become apparent that the outcome of the country’s civil war will be determined largely by the force of arms mustered by local actors, especially given President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw up to 7,000 US troops.

As would be expected from a historically cautious emerging power, India has been maintaining a safe distance from the latest round of Afghanistan’s never-ending civil conflict, restricting its efforts in the country to humanitarian assistance and infrastructure aid. Read More

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