Afghanistan and Regional Strategy: The India Factor

  • Meena Singh Roy
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series


Afghanistan—a plural, multiethnic, and multilingual country—has been an area of grand ambitions and competition for imperial powers both in medieval and modern history. Despite foreign interventions and repeated violence between various power structures, Afghanistan has been able to continue as a geopolitical unit. Its geographical location has always attracted the attention of regional and extra-regional powers. Afghanistan has been the playground for these powers either to retain their influence or to contain their adversary.2 These competitions and rivalry among various actors have negatively effected the political and economic development of Afghanistan. However, this is not to say that other factors have not contributed toward the instability and tensions within the country. The domestic conflict and competition between the forces of modernization and orthodox Islam and the ethnic divisions within the Afghan population have also afflicted Afghanistan.3


Regional Strategy Regional Cooperation Foreign Minister Regional Country Central Asian Country 
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