Video: The Zone of Turbulence: Afghanistan

21 January 2011
Multi-media

Afghanistan is a classic instance of the political and military mess that empires leave behind.

Speech delivered at the International Conference on the Global Crisis and Hegemonic Dilemmas (New Delhi, Nov.8-10). [Speech by Bidwai starts in minute 34.]

Washington has commited to withdrawing from Afghanistan in July 2012, and leave everything to the Afghans by 2014. But whatever way one looks into it, Afghanistan is going to be a complete chaos. The only possible way out, argues Praful Bidwai, is taking a regional approach, with all countries in the region and Afghan civil society make a common effort to stabilise the country.