Owing to its geo-strategic location and mineral wealth, Afghanistan has acquired significance in the inter-state politics of Asia as well as world politics during the past decades. This book outlines Afghanistan’s efforts to build a stable and peaceful democratic polity, with external military support from the United States and its NATO allies. It also analyses the nation’s development initiatives with major powers such as India, the United States, Russia and Germany. The volume:
• brings to the fore ongoing tensions within the Afghan polity and its continued impact on Asian/world politics;
• discusses topical themes such as withdrawal of US troops and non-traditional security; and
• presents perspectives from scholars and experts from around the world, including Afghans.
This work will be useful to scholars and researchers in political science, international relations, sociology, area studies, and the interested general reader.
List of Abbreviations. Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction Rajen Harshe and Dhananjay Tripathi Part 1 Locating Afghanistan in Globalising World and Testing Theories of International Relations 1. Situating Afghanistan in Globalising World Rajen Harshe 2. The Many Lives of Afghanistan: Re-assessing Disciplinary International Relations Siddharth Mallavarapu 3. Rethinking Stability for Afghanistan: Socialising Great Powers in a Multilateral Order Omar Sadr Part II The U.S.A., NATO and Afghanistan 4. The US Role in Afghanistan: A Critical Overview Dhananjay Tripathi 5. The Afghan National Security Force: The Challenges and Implications of the NATO Withdrawal Jayant Singh 6. For Durable Peace and Stability: Discussing Prospects of the NATO’s Membership for Afghanistan Mirwais Balkhi Part III Afghanistan and Major Powers 7. Germany’s Engagement in Afghanistan Sandra Destradi 8. Developments in Afghanistan After 2014: A Perspective from Russia and Its Possible Role Nikolay N. Gudalov 9. Withdrawal of the NATO and Indo-Afghan Relations: Emerging Possibilities and Challenges Shaji S Part IV Regional Perspectives on Afghanistan 10. Nailing Jell-O: Regional Organisations and Afghanistan’s Security After 2014 Stephen Kingah 11. Afghanistan in the South Asian Traditional and Non-traditional Security Paradigm Arpita Basu Roy 12. Drawdown from Afghanistan: Implications for India’s Engagement in Central Asia Athar Zafar and Dinoj K. Upadhyay About the Contributors. Index.