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Afghanistan and Central Asia in the New Great Game

Bhaswati Sarkar (Author) Shams-Ud-Din (Author)

Afghanistan’s geographical location and political instability has made it an easy pawn in power game. However, the country despite its fragile economy and political weakness has not proved to be very malleable. The Soviet occupation was met with grit and determination albeit sustained by funding from Saudis and American power. As a result, millions of Afghans perished, were disabled and rendered homeless. Besides, it led to complete economic collapse and environmental degradation. This book traces the continuing importance of Afghanistan since the days of Cold War politics till date. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of five independent Central Asian states with reasonably large reserves of oil and natural gas, Afghanistan once again finds itself drawn in juggernaut of the great game. The urgent requirement for giant oil companies and their patron states is peace in Afghanistan. This led to America’s open and subtle flirtation with the Taliban in mid 90s. Taliban’s inability to establish its writ through-out Afghanistan and their growing intimacy with Osama Bin Laden estranged them from the Americans. The present US sponsored peace initiative has yet to acquire support beyond Kabul and a fairer image in the neighbouring regions, particularly among the Islamic countries. The current US policies in the region are viewed with increasing concern.

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About the authors

Bhaswati Sarkar

Bhaswati Sarkar teaches at the Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests are immigration, integration, multiculturalism, minority rights, nation, nationalism, secularism and persistence of religion in Europe in general and Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordics in particular. She has presented and published a number of papers around these themes. Currently she is working on the ‘Visegrad States’ Assertion – Implications for the European Project’.


Dr. Shams-ud-Din is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Soviet and East European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has authored, Secularisation of Politics in the USSR: A Case Study of Soviet Cultural Policy in Uzbekistan and Soviet-Afghanistan Relations, besides editing a volume on Perestroika and the Nationality Question in the USSR. He has also contributed scores of research papers and articles in professional journals. widely travelled both in East and Western Europe, Dr. Shams-ud-Din speaks Russian Fluently and most of his research is based on primary source material.

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Bibliographic information

Title Afghanistan and Central Asia in the New Great Game
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Lancers Books
Language: English
isbn 817095097X
length 193p., Maps; 23cm