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US Withdrawal From Afghanistan: Implications for India and Pakistan
ABSTRACT The US invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks and it spent almost two decades to combat terrorism and Al-Qaeda network with heavy military, logistic and financial investment; however, the tough military resistance posed by the Talban and fragile political environment prevalent in Afghanistan undermined the US strategic ambitions. Resultantly, the US withdrew from Afghanistan and Taliban returned to power. Like much deliberated implications of Afghan invasion by the US, its withdrawal too has serious implications for different stakeholders, especially India and Pakistan. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan has indeed changed the geo-political and geo-strategic outlook of these two main regional actors in Afghanistan. This research dissertation therefore focuses upon the implications of US departure from Afghanistan for both Pakistan and India. It is argued that, with US withdrawal might negatively impact the Indian penetration into Afghanistan’s political, economic, social, and cultural arenas achieved through heavy investment if Taliban maintain tough stance towards India. On the contrary, Pakistan, apparently comfortable with the Taliban regime might accrue benefits from revival of Talban in Afghanistan. While Neorealism has been applied as research theoretical framework; interpretive research philosophy, inductive approach, case study strategy and qualitative method of research has been adopted to elaborate the phenomena comprehensively and holistically. The date collection was made through extensive study of relevant books, research articles, magazines and official reports. This research summarizes the important findings and proffers the recommendations for policy makers.
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