Security, Power and Terrorism in South Asia
Mr Rahul Roy-Chaudhury from the IISS began his presentation by outlining the key issues of the conflict in Afghanistan. In this regard, he highlighted the current political dynamics in the region and spoke about the difficulties in examining the “whole alphabetical soup of terrorist organisations in the region”. Dr Parvaiz Nazir from the University of Cambridge introduced a highly critical stance with view to the West’s involvement in Afghanistan. Professor Viktor Korgun from the Russian Academy of Sciences introduced a new dimension to the discussion by focusing on and sharing historical lessons of external engagement in Afghanistan. Speaking about the ethnic and political dimensions of the conflict in Afghanistan, he warned against the deterioration of the conflict, especially if President Obama's new military strategy approach of sending additional 30,000 US troops fails.
› The debate was moderated by Dr ADEEL MALIK, Lecturer, Department of International Development, the Universtiy of Oxford.
› RAHUL ROY-CHAUDHURY, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS
› VICTOR KORGUN, Head of the Afghanistan sector of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
› Dr PERVAIZ NAZIR, Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge