Dr Chayanika Saxena has a PhD from the National University of Singapore. She holds a Bachelor’s (Honours) Degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi and double Master’s in International Relations from South Asian University (New Delhi) and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore). Prior to her current engagement with Afghan residents in India, she has worked for over seven years on the geopolitical and domestic dynamics concerning Afghanistan. Her work has appeared regularly in Indian and international journals, think-tanks, and news outlets.
The basic needs of Afghans cannot be ignored.
Humanitarian assistance must be disentangled from concepts of political legitimacy in the country’s unfolding crisis.
Whether for propaganda or political clout, the group has adopted an unexpected response to the outbreak.
Duelling claims to the presidency, a bitter US benefactor, and a galvanised Taliban ratchet up the uncertainty.