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The Afghanistan Crisis: Issues and Perspectives

K. Warikoo (Editor)
Synopsis Located at the crossroads of Central, South and West Asia and sharing its borders with Central Asia on the North, Chinese province of Xinjiang in the east, Iran on the west and south west, and Pakistan and Pak-occupied Kashmir on the south and south east, Afghanistan occupies a unique geostrategic placement in the region. In the post-cold war period which witnessed the demise of USSR, establishment of an Islamic state and the rise of Taliban, Afghanistan has remained at the centre stage of regional and international politics. The Taliban enforced their extremist religious and socio-political agenda and turned Afghanistan into the hub of arms and drugs trafficking and international terrorism with Osama Bin Laden using it as the base of AI Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist outfits. The UN and other International peace initiatives made no headway in the face of determined Taliban opposition to share power with rival Afghan groups. Afghanistan remained fractured and turbulent country posing great challenge to peace and security in the region. This book presents various perspectives on the Afghanistan crisis deliberating upon various issues ranging from ethno-politics, politics of access to Central Asian oil and gas, human rights, refugee situation, position of women, role and response of regional and extra-regional powers, rise of Taliban etc. Eminent area specialists and Afghanistan experts from India, Australia, Central Asian Republics, Pakistan and United States have contributed to this compact volume which provides deep insight into the situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban and its implications for peace and security in Central and South Asia.
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About the author

K. Warikoo

Dr. K. Warikoo, Professor of Central Asian Studies, is Chairperson, Centre for South, Central and South East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the Secretary General (Hon’y) of Himalayan Research and Cultural Foundation, and Founder Editor, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, a quarterly journal published since 1997. His major publications include Central Asia and Kashmir: A Study in the Context of Anglo-Russian Rivalry (New Delhi, 1989); Ethnicity and Politics in Central Asia (Co-Editor) (New Delhi, 1992); Central Asia: Emerging New Order (Editor) (New Delhi, 1995); Society and Culture in the Himalayas (Editor) (New Delhi 1995); Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh: Linguistic Predicament (Co-Editor) (New Delhi 1996); Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir (Editor) (Bhopal, 2001). He has traveled extensively in Central Asian Republics, Xinjiang and Tibet regions of China.

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Title The Afghanistan Crisis: Issues and Perspectives
Author K. Warikoo
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186505636
length xxx+523p., Maps; 23cm