2nd Edition

Afghanistan in Transition From Taliban to Taliban

Edited By Rajen Harshé, Dhananjay Tripathi Copyright 2025
    164 Pages
    by Routledge India

    164 Pages
    by Routledge India

    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 discusses the Taliban’s return which outlines the recent and current developments in contemporary Afghanistan.

    The essays in this volume,

    - Locate Afghanistan under globalisation and reflects on the state and nation-building efforts in Afghanistan by shedding light on the status of citizens, especially women. 

    - Analyse on the Taliban, a proper examination of how the Taliban survives in all these years, and how it returned to power.

    - Examine Afghanistan’s relations with major powers like the USA, China and India and explores the intricacies of ties between India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan within the Indian subcontinent. 

    Shedding light on a threshold moment in 21st world politics, this work will be useful to scholars and researchers in political science, international relations, sociology, area studies, and the interested general reader.

    PART I: Engaging with Afghanistan


    1. Introduction 

    Rajen Harshé & Dhananjay Tripathi


    2. Situating Afghanistan in Globalising World

    Rajen Harshé


    3. ‘Pragmatism’ against ‘Ideology’ in Transnational vs Regional jihadist groups: Situating Taliban and Islamic State-Khorasan on a Conflict-Cooperation continuum.

    Mohit Sharma


    PART II: What about Taliban?


    4. Through the Lens of Belief: Taliban's Worldview and Its Influence

    Ahmed Sahal K.P.


    5. Pieced Peace in Afghanistan: Evaluating the Peace Processes for Ending the Conflict in Afghanistan Post-2014

    Chayanika Saxena


    6. State building in Talibanized Afghanistan: lessons from History

    Arezou Nooristani


    PART III:  Afghanistan and Major Powers


    7. The U.S. Role in Afghanistan: A Critical Overview

    Dhananjay Tripathi


    8. China’s Engagement with Afghanistan: Quest for Security, Stability and Strategy

    Sankalp Gurjar


    9. Is the Past a Prologue? Deciphering India’s North–West Engagement

    Raghav Sharma



    Rajen Harshé has taught Political Science and International Relations for more than four decades in places such as University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, and South Asian University, New Delhi. He is a founding and the former Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Allahabad (2005-10), Prayagraj, India. He also worked as President of the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute (2014-20), Prayagraj. He has written extensively on African and International Affairs. His latest work is Africa in World Affairs Politics of Imperialism, the Cold War and Globalisation (Oxon, New York, New Delhi, Routledge, 2019).

    Dhananjay Tripathi is Chairperson & Associate Professor (Senior Grade) at the Department of International Relations, South Asian University (SAU), New Delhi, India. His recent publications are (ed) Re-imagining Border Studies in South Asia (2020- Routledge Publication), Co-edited South Asia: Boundaries Borders and Beyond (2022- Routledge Publication), Afghanistan Post- 2014: Power Configurations and Evolving Trajectories (2016- Routledge Publication). Have contributed several articles to reputed international academic journals.