No free lunch in diplomacy: India’s lesson in Afghanistan – Manish Tewari

(Manish Tewari is a lawyer, MP and former Union information and broadcasting minister. This column first appeared in Deccan Chronicle on July 18, 2021)

  • The United States of America and the Soviet Union were undoubtedly the super-victors of World War Two. The Communist Party of China (CCP) was a default winner. The two principal European Powers, namely Britain and France, lost their pole position in global affairs because of the loss of their colonial possessions. Between 1945 and now the US has grown from strength to strength. The Soviet Union disappeared on December 26, 1991. The US emerged as the global hyper-power in the early 1990s. China back then was still far behind to even attempt to play catch-up. However, the track record of the US after the Second World War in military interventions around the world has been chequered to say the least. Its first big military involvement after the Second World War was in Korea from 1950 to 1953. It ended in a stalemate…

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