As the US withdrawal from Afghanistan nears completion, the race for influence is underway. From China to Turkey, each country has specific interests that influence its engagement in Afghanistan’s future, and the relations of regional powers demonstrate the realpolitik at play at a time when the security situation in Afghanistan is fluid and generally deteriorating.

 

Key Points

  • In politics, a “political vacuum” is described as the political void left by a disengaged power that has not been filled.
  • From China to Turkey, the race for influence in Afghanistan is underway.
  • Indians and Indian assets in Afghanistan are already under attack. Any takeover in Kabul by the Taliban will deprive India of diplomatic influence in the region.
  • Each country in the region has specific interests that influence its engagement in Afghanistan’s future, and the relations of regional powers demonstrate the realpolitik at play.

 

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