Expert Zone

The crisis in Iraq and an Afghanistan prognosis

By S K Chatterji
June 30, 2014

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has rampaged through western Iraq. A few thousand kilometres away in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is withdrawing, with Americans contemplating less than 10,000 troops on ground.

An Indian pivot in Afghanistan after troop drawdown

By S K Chatterji
July 1, 2013

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Notwithstanding Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s disinclination to participate in talks, the Taliban retain the ability to calibrate violence levels in large parts of the country. But even if an understanding is reached with the Taliban, it does not hold the promise of lasting peace. Breakaway factions will find support and funding to continue bloodletting.

U.S.-Afghan agreement: Issues to be addressed

By S K Chatterji
April 26, 2012

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