• Talk: India in Afghanistan after the Cold War

Talk: India in Afghanistan after the Cold War

03 February 2016


Dr. Avinash Paliwal, Defence Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at King's College London and previously Chair of the Afghanistan Studies Group, delivers a public talk. 

Hostility between India and Pakistan, some argue, lies at the heart of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Given the antipathy between Kabul and Islamabad, India’s Afghanistan policy has often been perceived as a Machiavellian formula equating to ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend'. Consequently, even the humanitarian aid and developmental assistance that India provides to Afghanistan raises suspicion. Paliwal interrogates such commonplace geopolitical narratives and asks the question: is containing Pakistan the key factor driving India’s Afghanistan policy? Based on survey of an extensive repertoire of hitherto untapped primary sources such as official memoranda and diplomatic correspondence, and a series of interviews with senior political, military, intelligence, and diplomatic officials in India, Afghanistan, the UK and US, as well as some Afghan Taliban leaders and combatants, Paliwal examines India’s debates about and approach towards Afghanistan after the Cold War.

Venue: Room K0.19, Strand Campus, King's College London, WC2R 2LS

Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm 

Cost: Free 

For more information, contact thomas.owen-smith@kcl.ac.uk