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All Things Policy: Understanding the Taliban’s Strategies for War and Peace

The United States, the Afghan government, and the Taliban are vying for advantage in the ongoing talks. In a conversation with Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan, Takshashila’s distinguished fellow, Anand Arni dissects the strategies of various players and what they...

The Laskhar-e-Taiba in Afghanistan

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has become more visible after a hiatus – this time in Afghanistan both in support of the Taliban and in a takeover of the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK). The LeT was, originally, set up by the...

Recent Political Developments in Afghanistan – An Assessment

The Unending Saga of US-Taliban ‘Peace’ Deal On May 23 2020, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire with effect from May 24, the day when Afghanistan celebrates Eid ul Fitr marking the end of Ramzan. President Ashraf Ghani responded positively...

US-तालिबान समझौते से शांति की कितनी उम्मीद और भारत की चिंताएं?

अमेरिका और तालिबान के बीच शनिवार, 29 फरवरी, को कतर में शांति समझौते पर हस्ताक्षर हुए। इसके मुताबिक, अमेरिका 14 महीने में अफगानिस्तान से अपने सैनिक हटाएगा। इससे हो सकता है कि अमेरिका का सबसे लम्बा युद्ध शायद ख़त्म हो...

Takshashila hosts a roundtable to discuss India’s options in Afghanistan

The roundtable on India’s options in Afghanistan was held in Bengaluru on 18th September 2019 at the Takshashila Institution’s office. The participants were businesspersons, diplomats, academics and journalists who have worked on Afghanistan. The context for discussion was the sudden...

Misguided Talks With the Taliban Won’t Bring Peace to Afghanistan

This article first appeared in The Wire Dark, bizarre, surreal: we are short of adjectives to accurately capture the current political situation in Afghanistan. On May 8, even as they were in talks with the US, the Taliban attacked the Kabul...

India will stay relevant in Afghanistan, Taliban or no Taliban

The way ahead for India rests on reconciling Indian interests with the recent changes in the political landscape, many of which are outside Indian control. The turning global tide against Pakistan’s policy of using terror gives India some breathing space....

Assessment: The hostage handover in Pakistan

By Anand Arni Download the assessment here [0.3MB PDF] This assessment takes a closer look at the events leading to the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan. Key judgments from the assessment are: it is likely that this release...

Pranay Kotasthane Quoted in The Telegraph

Pranay Kotasthane has been quoted in an article with The Telegraph which addresses the recent endeavours by Russia, Pakistan and China to lift the UN sanctions against select Taliban leaders. India has viewed Taliban as a Pakistan-backed militancy and has...

Takshashila hosts Mr Amrullah Saleh in Bengaluru

Mr Amrullah Saleh, who headed the National Directorate of Security of Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010, was in Bangalore on 5th December 2015 to attend a talk hosted by The Takshashila Institution. The topic of discussion was Afghanistan, India and the way ahead. Known...
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