Chayanika Saxena is a President Graduate Scholar and a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. Her doctoral thesis looks at the interaction between spaces and political subjectivities of Afghan diaspora in the cities of Delhi, Kolkata and parts of Kashmir. She can be reached at: email@example.com
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By Chayanika Saxena - 14 Dec 2018
There are two major international peace efforts that are currently underway to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan: the recently galvanized American push for peace led by Zalmay Khalilzad and the year-old Moscow-led consultations.
By Chayanika Saxena - 08 Nov 2018
By Chayanika Saxena - 11 Sep 2018
Afghanistan is one country where both India and China are investing their resources and reputations. However, unlike other countries and matters on which they compete and diverge, Afghanistan is being imagined as a possible theater of cooperation between the two.
Caught in a quarrel that has nothing to do with it per se, Afghanistan has been a theatre where Iran and the US have exhibited their mutual suspicions towards each other.
The people of Afghanistan have made use of democratic practices, such as popular sit-ins, social media activism, and even satire, as ways to make themselves heard even if their faith in the government and the administration continues to diminish by the day.
In a bid to secure reconciliation, the Afghan government continued the Kabul Peace Process with both international and regional involvement. It extended an olive branch to the Taliban by agreeing to hold talks with it “without preconditions.”
Factors that could have been sources of boon for Afghanistan, such as elections and democracy, and its regional location, are now reasons causing bane. Afghanistan is facing a Catch-22.
The geopolitics of the present, much like the past, have subjected Afghanistan to regional and global rivalries. These rivalries have in turn created and accentuated fissures within Afghanistan, making stability and security an even more distant dream.
The US’ continuing occupation of Afghanistan has done little to resolve the War on Terror, nor does Trump’s “Rambo” rhetoric, which is met with much national and international criticism.