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Afghanistan: A Role for India

R K Sawhney (Editor) Arun Sahgal (Editor) Gurmeet Kanwal (Editor)
Synopsis The Af-Pak region is perceived as the base of global and regional terrorism, with the presence of international terrorist groups such as the Al Qaeda, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and other UN proscribed non-state actors as Jamaat-ud Dawa. Hence, stability in the Af-Pak region is of vital interest to India. A stable Afghanistan also relates to India’s immediate foreign policy goals of a peaceful periphery, good relations with neighbours, transformation of relations with the major powers and working with the international community to see a rapid recovery of the world economy. In the past, growing hostility between India and Pakistan placed Afghanistan in the centre of confrontation in a wider dyad of mutual hostility.

However, now there is greater acceptability by the international community for a role for India in Afghanistan. As a major stakeholder in regional stability, India’s engagement will remain crucial. India’s growing economic footprint provides it enough leverage to support Kabul in many ways, while the potential for aid and development remains largely untapped.

This book is a collection of essays on the situation in Afghanistan from the Indian perspective by a task force of well-qualified experts assembled by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies. The authors’ views reflect India’s interests and priorities, which often differ from the Western perspective. The panorama covers the situation in Afghanistan today, foreign interventions and state building, the emerging strategic environment, US’ Af-Pak strategy, alternative futures, the Pakistani factor in Afghanistan’s stability, and India’s role in nation-building. This work will be a valuable contribution to understanding the extremely complex situation in Afghanistan, from which India cannot disengage itself.
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About the authors

R K Sawhney

Lt Gen Ravi Sawhney is a post-graduate in Defence and Security Planning from the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, prior to which he attended Defence Services Staff College at Wellington and  the College of Defence Management, India. During a service of approximately 40 years in the Indian Army, he has held important appointments in staff and command of different combat units and field formations. He was the Director-General of Military Intelligence and was subsequently the Deputy Chief of Army Staff. Post retirement, he was deputed by the Government of India to monitor the situation in Afghanistan. He is presently a Distinguished Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi.

Arun Sahgal

Brig Arun Sahgal is Consultant, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, and a Distinguished Fellow at the School of Geo-Politics, Manipal Academy of Higher Education. In a Career spanning over 36 years in the Indian Army, he held a number of command, staff and instructional appointments. As Director of the office of Net Assessment, Integrated Defense Staff, Brig Sahgal undertook long-term strategic assessments and the development of India’s future military capabilities. He introduced Net Assessment techniques in the Indian security planning. He holds a Master of Science (Defence Studies) and a PhD in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Gurmeet Kanwal

Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, a former Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, commanded a field artillery regiment in counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley. He has served as Director MO-5 in the Directorate General of Military Operations at Army Headquarters, New Delhi, the Brigade Major of an infantry brigade, a United Nations Military Observer in UNTAG, Namibia, and as an Instructor-in-Gunnery at the School of Artillery, Devlali. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, the Long Gunnery Staff Course and the Higher Command Course. Brigadier Kanwal has written several books. He edited the Artillery Journal for four years and was the editor of UNTAG Journal, Namibia, while serving as a UN military observer. He has been an honorary member of the Board of Editorial Consultants of Indian Defence Review, has written extensively on defence and national security issues for various national newspapers and military journals and writes a regular column for The Statesman. He has recently been nominated to take over command of an Infantry Brigade deployed on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Bibliographic information

Title Afghanistan: A Role for India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.03.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher KW Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9789380502526
length xvi+192p., Index; 25cm.