US Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Power Struggle and Implications for Pakistan

December 2020

This report is edited by a team of researchers at the Centre for Social & Political Research including Dr. Agha Ibrahim, Haris, Farid, Hassan Akhtar Siddiqui and Abdur Rehman.

This report is written and published as per the policy of the Centre for Social & Political Research on Intellectual Independence. The authors alone are responsible for their analysis and recommendations; the Centre for Social & Political Research and its donors do not determine, nor necessarily endorse or advocate for, any of the report’s conclusions.


US withdrawal from Afghanistan has magnified the complexity of Afghanistan’s geopolitics. It can be debated whether the US is going to leave the region as it has agreed at Doha. The points considered in this report encompass three possibilities; a complete withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan in terms of military and financial support, a military withdrawal only, and, extension in its current status. In this case, three key factors would shape Afghanistan’s condition and following the Intra-Afghan talks; Iran & Russia, Pakistan & China, and India.


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