India in Afghanistan: A Rising Power or a Hesitant Power?

Harsh Pant
Content Type
Working Paper
Centre for International Peace and Security Studies
Indian diplomacy faced a major setback at the Afghanistan Conference in London in January 2010, where Indian concerns were summarily ignored. In one stroke, Pakistan rendered New Delhi irrelevant in the evolving security dynamic in Afghanistan. When Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna underscored the folly of making a distinction “between good Taliban and bad Taliban,” he was completely out of sync with the larger mood at the conference. Days before this much-hyped conference, senior U.S. military commanders were suggesting that peace talks with the Taliban may be imminent and that Taliban members might even be invited to join the government in Kabul. The West had made up its mind that it was not a question of if, but when and how to exit from Afghanistan, which seemed to be becoming a quagmire for the leaders in Washington and London.
International Relations, Foreign Policy, Terrorism, War, Power Politics, Counterinsurgency
Political Geography
Pakistan, Afghanistan, United States, Washington, India, Taliban, London, New Delhi