Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts India’s ‘Af-Pak’ Conundrum: South Asia in Flux

India’s ‘Af-Pak’ Conundrum: South Asia in Flux


The risks to global security from a failure in Afghanistan are great. Abandoning the goal of establishing both a functioning Afghan state and a moderate Pakistan places greater pressure on Indian security. Pakistani intelligence would be emboldened to escalate terrorist attacks against India once it is satisfied that the Taliban would provide it strategic depth in Afghanistan. This would surely force retaliation from India.

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