As the Taliban make their comeback, new book examines how ‘flawed US policies’ have exacerbated the Afghan crisis


The cover of Sujeet Sarkar’s Quest for a Stable Afganistan: A view from Ground Zero.

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New Delhi: In 2001, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the United States, American forces descended on Afghanistan, defeating the Taliban and ending their control over the country. What followed was nearly 20 years of military support and financial investment in the Afghan security forces by the United States.

Earlier this year, with the United States still withdrawing its troops from the country, the Taliban began to make a rapid comeback, culminating in the takeover of the country on August 15.

In his new book, In Search of a Stable Afghanistan: A View from Ground Zero, author Sujeet Sarkar, delves into the conundrum of Afghanistan and analyzes why a lasting peace continues to elude the country, attributing the current crisis to the “flawed” and “haphazard” policies of the West. It also discusses how the poppy or opium “is an integral part of Afghan politics and is deeply rooted in the conflict that has engulfed the nation for the past four decades.”

Published by Rupa Publications, Sarkar’s In search of a stable Afghanistan will launch on September 16 on ‘SoftCover’, ThePrint’s e-venue to launch a selection of non-fiction books.

Former Global Head of Governance at the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, Sakar currently works as a Global COO for an international aid agency working to improve the quality of life of marginalized and disadvantaged segments of society in Asia and in Africa. He also regularly writes articles on South Asian affairs for major international dailies.

Quest for a Stable Afganistan: A View of Ground Zero draws on his experiences and observations of 14 years working in the country. Although written before the takeover of the country by the Taliban, the book predicted its strong possibility and referred to US intelligence reports which had shown that the Taliban had “become more deadly and organized in this war.” .

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