, Volume 93, Number 3

Avinash Paliwal
Russia’s recent diplomatic intervention in Afghanistan elicits old categorizations of a ‘new Great Game’ in the making among traditional rivals Moscow and Washington. However, attempts by regional and global powers to resolve the Afghan conflict, ironically, have contributed to exacerbating the situation. A new set of literature goes deep into history and International Relations to seek answers to the wicked problems in and around Afghanistan. It cautions against categorizing a country as little more than a battlefield, and explains why Afghanistan, and its border with Pakistan, remain strategically resilient. The core issue that emerges from this literature is the need for both insiders and outsiders to reimagine Afghanistan.

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