FP Newsletter – South Asia Brief


I’m Audrey Wilson, the editor of FP’s South Asia Brief. Michael Kugelman is out this week, but in his absence I wanted to share some of our ongoing coverage of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan—and its ripple effects for the region.

Since Kabul fell to the Taliban on Sunday, events on the ground have shifted quickly. Thousands of vulnerable Afghans remain trapped after chaotic scenes at the capital’s international airport, and protests against the Taliban are growing as the militant group prepares to set up a new government. The takeover will have immediate and long-term consequences for South Asia, starting with how the Taliban plan to govern Afghanistan itself.

Does the U.S. withdrawal signal a strategic pivot in the Asia-Pacific? Could the takeover strengthen domestic terrorist groups in Pakistan? And what does this all mean for India, one of Afghanistan’s top donors? Below, we’ve rounded up five top reads on Afghanistan and the region from our columnists and contributors.

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What the Taliban Takeover Means for India Kabul’s swift collapse leaves New Delhi with significant security concerns.
By Sumit Ganguly

A Taliban Takeover Will Strengthen Pakistan’s Jihadis Islamabad cheered the fall of Kabul, but the new Afghan regime will embolden domestic terrorist groups that could threaten the Pakistani state.
By Abdul Basit 

Post-American Afghanistan and India’s Geopolitics The fall of Kabul accelerates a fundamental realignment that was already underway.
By C. Raja Mohan

China’s Neighbors Hope Afghanistan Pullout Means Pivot to Indo-Pacific With the withdrawal completed, Washington’s strategic shift can commence.
By Hiroyuki Akita

Two Talibans Are Competing for Afghanistan The gap between the group’s international leadership and its rank-and-file fighters has never been wider.
By Anchal Vohra

Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times