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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#16: 20 SEPTEMBER 2017 Trump’s ‘new’ Afghanistan Strategy & Indo-U.S. Strategic Partnership      – Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract Donald Trump’s strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia announced on 21 August, was intended to highlight the novelty and surprise elements of a roadmap that purportedly sought little short of the decimation […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#20: 01 JUNE 2017 Regional power play in Afghanistan and India’s policy options  Shanthie Mariet D’Souza  – Abstract A regional power realignment is taking place in Afghanistan. As countries jockey for influence in shaping the end-game in Afghanistan, India seems to be a lone bystander being sidelined even by its traditional allies- […]

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Email Tweet VOICES FROM THE REGION#04: 14 October 2016 Afghanistan: Myth of the Splendid Sisterhood –         –   Guest Writer: Heidi Kingstone – Stories of abuse and the mutilation of women in Afghanistan are so common we are almost desensitised to it. Violence against women and particularly domestic violence has fed the headlines […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#10: 28 SEPTEMBER 2016 Economic Impact of OBOR on Afghanistan   Nivedita Jayaram – Abstract Afghanistan has been presented a tremendous opportunity for economic development through the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, which will help it overcome bottlenecks to economic development through investment in transportation, energy and telecommunications infrastructure. Afghanistan’s advantageous […]

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Email Tweet VOICES FROM THE REGION#01: 23 FEBRUARY 2016 Afghanistan in the balance –         –   Guest Writer: Heidi Kingstone – Afghanistan may no longer command the front page but somehow our fascination with the country is like an addiction to heroin, and we keep going back for one last hit. […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA DATABASE#03: 21 JANUARY 2016 Timeline: Taliban attacks in Afghanistan: 2015 (January-June)  –  – 1 January: Transition of power from the NATO-led coalition forces to Afghan National Security forces and the beginning of the NATO-led non-combat Resolute Mission. 1 January: Taliban carry out attack on a team of 200 former Taliban fighters in […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#08: 17 DECEMBER 2015 Road to the Dragon: Overcoming Challenges to the Wakhan Corridor   Boh Ze Kai – Abstract Product of an 1894 treaty to separate the Russian Empire from British India, the Wakhan Corridor is a thin panhandle in North Afghanistan. The Emirs of Badakhshan once leveraged on the […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#11: 1 DECEMBER 2015 Afghanistan: Reversing Losses? V. Vidya Lakshmi – Abstract Recurrent insurgent attacks and rising civilian fatalities in Afghanistan raise questions on the capacities of ANSF. The US decision to revise the withdrawal plan in the wake of the Kunduz attack has indicated the gaps in the strategic and tactical capacities […]

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Email Tweet EVENT: 3-4 SEPTEMBER 2015 Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) – Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza participated and presented a paper at the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) held in Kabul, Afghanistan on 3-4 September 2015. Initiated in 2005, the RECCA series of Conferences have previously been held in Kabul, New Delhi, Islamabad, […]

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Event: NATO Drawdown from Afghanistan: Challenges & Opportunities




Email Tweet EVENT: 20-21 MAY 2015 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan: Challenges & Opportunities – Shanthie Mariet D’Souza presented a paper titled, “International Intervention in Afghanistan: Prospects for Peace & Stability in the Transformation Decade”, at the International Conference “NATO drawdown from Afghanistan: Challenges & Opportunities”, organised by the Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, […]

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