Author: M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Taliban fighters

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (VIII)

8. US senses that Taliban is reality – Implications  This week will stand out as a pivotal moment in President Joe Biden’s presidency. It has been a humble moment yet bold and decisive, far-sighted but tactical, and focused on America’s self-interests. It underscores that the US’ capacity to force its […]

Mine

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (VII)

7. US-Taliban ties on razor’s edge. China is the winner.  The Taliban has warned that there will be consequences if the Biden Administration were to extend the timeline for its deployment at Kabul Airport beyond August 31. The G7 meeting that Britain has called for Tuesday regarding Afghanistan will take […]

Panjshir-Valley

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (VI)

6. The untold secrets of Panjshir Valley Many Indian analysts are ecstatic that the Taliban’s goose is cooked, as Amrullah Saleh, deposed president Ashraf Ghani’s former deputy, is on the march to marshal an anti-Taliban resistance movement, a la the Northern Alliance of the late 1990s. The cold air of […]

Aircraft carrying Afghans

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (V)

5. Putin: Taliban is the reality  The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Moscow visits invariably draw great attention as she has performed a unique role as intermediary between the West and Russia during her 16 years in power. Even in the most trying times in Europe’s ties with Russia, Merkel could […]

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (IV)

4. The ‘X’ Factor in Kabul  The Chinese commentaries vehemently reject the western claims of democratic transformation in Afghanistan. A conversation on Tuesday between the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his American counterpart Antony Blinken (at the latter’s initiative) brought this out sharply. Wang told Blinken that […]

Hamid Karzai

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (III)

3. The Return of the Native There is immense curiosity about the Taliban’s first moves following the dramatic return to Kabul after two decades. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether the Taliban has ‘changed’ since the 1990s. Opinions vary. But, so far at least, there are no signs […]

Afghan army

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan

1. Collapse of the Afghan Army Social media reported that at the Kabul residence of the Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib who post-haste fled to Tajikistan on Saturday with President Ashraf Ghani, three Toyota Landcruiser SUVs were found stacked with American dollar bills. Mohib was the shadow king of […]

UN Security Council meets about situation in Syria at UN Headquarters in New York City

Don’t Waste The Opportunity At UN SC

India’s thirty-day tenure through August as the president of the UN Security Council has got mired in needless controversy. The issue is about the “emergency meeting” regarding Afghanistan that India convened on Friday. According to Pakistan, it had made a “a formal request” for participation in the meeting but India […]