1st Edition

Analysing the Current Afghan Context

Edited By Neeraj Singh Manhas Copyright 2023

    Afghanistan is on the verge of another transition as it seeks stability and deals with a variety of internal and external issues. After the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist organisation, captured Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, on August 15, 2021. It was the culmination of a military offensive against the Afghan government that began in May 2021. The arrest occurred just hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. The majority of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals had fallen one after the other as part of a US troop withdrawal scheduled to end on August 31, 2021. Internal political turmoil, constant Taliban attacks across the country, and deadly suicide bombings by the Islamic State-Khorasan keep it busy while external nations play the New Great Game for geo-strategic ambitions both in its front yard and in its backyard. This book highlights all the ongoing issues of Afghanistan’s surge and provides the readers with insights into the country’s past, present and future.

    Print edition not for sale in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan).


    1. Afghanistan’s Modern Taliban Era: A Glass Half Full
    Shubhangi Misra

    2. The Impact of the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Pakistan and China
    Anisha Maulida

    3. Feminism, Peace and Afghanistan: An Indian Feminist Perspective
    Tamanna Khosla

    4. India’s Stakes, Challenges and Strategy in the Aftermath of Talibans in Afghanistan
    Neeraj Singh Manhas

    5. Afghanistan: Issues and Challenges in Taliban Era
    Rajkumar Singh

    6. The Graveyard of Empires: An Endless War in Afghanistan
    Jay Maniyar

    7. Decoding Chinese Ambitions in Afghanistan: Its Implications on India
    Suchita Sharma

    8. Regional Security Complex in South Asia: A Study of the Rise of Taliban in Afghanistan
    Puyesh Kant Sharma

    9. Convulsed Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Pursuant to Taliban Governance in Early Twenty-first Century
    Rekha Kumari R. Singh

    10. The Resistance of Panjshir in the Face of the Taliban
    Vibhaa Sreedhar



    Neeraj Singh Manhas is Director, Indo-Pacific, at Raisina House, New Delhi. Currently, he is a Doctoral Scholar in International Relations (Chinese Studies) at Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India. At present, he is also officiating an honorary position as an Associate Fellow at the Kalinga Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies (KIIPS) and a Research Associate at the Association of Asia Scholars (AAS). He is a lifetime member of the Indian Political Science Association (IPSA) and an Associate member at the National Maritime Foundation (NMF). He has participated in various National and International seminars and conferences and published over 150 papers.