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The Projections of Sovereignty- Theorising Afghanistan’s Domestic and International Dynamics;

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

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C3S Issue Brief: 004/2019

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‘The first important loss of sovereignty is within the state itself. Especially when the state is largely an external force in society, it may not require popular legitimacy but it does require internal legitimacy.’

Barnett R. Rubin, The Fragmentation of Afghanistan-State Formation and Collapse in the International System.

Abstract:  Since the inception of an independent Afghan nation in the early 20th century, it has largely been vulnerable to international influence. This has led to fragmentation of sovereignty overwhelmed by the ethnic diversity wherein fragility of institutions has generated contestations to authority. In order to apprehend the intrinsic subtleties of Afghanistan, this paper seeks to yield a domestic to international approach by providing an analysis of the eminence of terms like authority, sovereignty, legitimacy to the Afghan government and the Taliban. The paper would also emphasise on the Taliban’s neighbourhood policy with countries like China, Iran, Pakistan and India. In place of such advances, this work shall firstly discuss the importance of legality and recognition to the Taliban vis-à-vis the Afghan government in Afghanistan. Secondly, it would try to construct a narrative of the interconnection between the domestic and the international through the understanding of the Taliban’s neighbourhood policy. Lastly, it would focus on India’s dilemma in its Afghan policy and the way ahead.

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About the Author

Prashant Rastogi is a Research Officer at Chennai Centre for China Studies. He has completed his Masters in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad, Telangana, and Bachelors in Political Science (Hons) from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, University of Delhi. His areas of interest include Theories of International Relations, Indian Foreign Policy, Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations, Geopolitics, and Security Studies

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