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My Enemy's Enemy: India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal

Avinash Paliwal


The archetype of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’, India’s political and economic presence in Afghanistan is often viewed as a Machiavellian ploy aimed against Pakistan. Challenging deeply held beliefs about an India-Pakistan proxy war, the book offers a nuanced explanation of India’s strategic intent and actions, which is critical to resolving the seemingly unending war in Afghanistan, as well as wider bilateral disputes between the two South Asian rivals. Divided into three parts — ‘debating neutrality’, ‘debating containment’, and ‘debating engagement’ — the book offers a detailed examinatio ... More

Keywords: India Pakistan relations, Afghanistan India relations, India Afghanistan policy, Bilateral disputes, India foreign Policy, The Durand Line

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190685829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190685829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Avinash Paliwal, author
SOAS University of London

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