AFGHANISTAN: Through the Fog of Instability
Lt General R K Sawhney, PVSM, AVSM, Centre Head & Senior Fellow, National Security and Strategic Studies & Internal Security Studies, VIF

Afghanistan is a country that has seen more devastation than prosperity, especially in the last 20 years. The resurgence of the Taliban and its cat-and-mouse game with the West has brought the once lively nation on the brink of starvation and decline. And it’s not just the story of the present times. Even in the early nineteenth century—be it the three Anglo-Afghan wars, or the skirmish between Afghanistan and Pakistan surrounding the Durand Line—the nation has seen much more bloodshed than any other country in Asia. Today, with the government abandoning its people after the takeover by the Taliban along with the withdrawal of the US forces, Afghanistan has once again been told to fend for itself in the cruellest of ways.

In Afghanistan: Through the Fog of Instability, experts from various arenas of expertise including diplomacy, culture and security, have attempted to weave a tale of what Afghanistan was at one time, and how seedy forces had joined together to destroy the wellbeing of this nation. The book also covers the historical overview—from ancient times to the takeover by Taliban 2.0—that gives the readers a peek into how the country was at one point of time. With editor Lt Gen. R.K. Sawhney at the helm, the book makes a serious attempt in seeking answers to several problems plaguing the peace and security of this rather unfortunate country.

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