Discerning Taliban 2.0 and Afghanistan’s political landscape

Sharma, Raghav (2024) Discerning Taliban 2.0 and Afghanistan’s political landscape. India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs. ISSN 0974-9284 | 0975-2684 (In Press)

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Politically astute and organisationally deft the Taliban forged ‘antagonistic cooperation’ with key regional players who courted the movement vigorously as it sought to reinvent itself as ‘Taliban 2.0’. However, two years into the rule of ‘Taliban 2.0’, the chasm between rhetoric and reality has widened. This article disaggregates the idea of ‘Taliban 2.0’, arguing that subtle differences notwithstanding the Taliban is an ideological movement which demonstrates a remarkable contiguity in showing fidelity to their hardline ideology manifested in their attitudes towards women, deployment of violence and links with transnational actors. Domestic political actors too stuttered in responding to the Taliban’s momentum amid a dramatically reconfigured geo-political landscape, a glaring power asymmetry, factionalism within opposition ranks and the rise of new actors like the Daesh which attempted to fill the void

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Afghanistan | Politics | Geo-politics | Gender | Taliban
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > International Relations
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of International Affairs
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2024 09:39
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 09:39
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/09749284231225677
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/7290


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