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Afghanistan beyond 2014

Analysing the political conditions inside Afghanistan, this article looks at the challenges before the new regime in Afghanistan. Further, it looks at the increasing infl uence of the Loya Jirga and analyses the strategic implications for India and south Asia. India's policy towards Afghanistan seems to be shifting, with the Taliban gaining in strength after the presidential elections which have still not decided the winner.

Afghanistan: 'Geoeconomic Watershed' of South and Central Asia

An aborted project to export oil and natural gas from central Asia to south Asia via Afghanistan, or a trans-Afghan pipeline, is being revived under the present geopolitical conditions. Another initiative to build sustainable transit routes for landlocked central Asian republics to access the Indian Ocean is also under way. India is seen as a strategically important presence in both projects but stability in Afghanistan and Indo-Pak relations might be the caveats in progress.
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