Event Start Date:
September 2, 2021
Event End Date:
September 2, 2021
Event Venue:


The year 2021 will be remembered for the political crisis in Afghanistan, as the nation feels like a pack of cards before the Taliban.The rapid collapse of the Afghan security forces and Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan is bound to have a wide range of strategic and geopolitical implications, both regionally and internationally. As the world’s powerful armies make a retreat, the international community is dreading a reign of terror on Afghan soil.

CPPR endeavours to conduct a webinar series based on the ongoing stalemate in Afghanistan and intends to comprehend the changing dynamics associated with the Afghan political crisis and its future prospects by engaging experts from the realm of academia, think tanks, and media.

AMBASSADOR T P SREENIVASAN , Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Vienna and Governor for India of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna. His previous postings were as India’s Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia; Deputy Chief of Mission (Ambassadorial Rank) in the Embassy of India, Washington; High Commissioner of India to Kenya and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Nairobi; Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, New York; Ambassador to Fiji and 8 other South Pacific Island States; and postings at the Indian missions in Tokyo, Thimphu, Moscow, New York and Yangon. TP Sreenivasan served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years and has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Non-Aligned Movement. He has chaired several UN Committees and Conferences. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India, and was the Vice-Chairman and Executive Head of the Kerala State Higher Education Council with the rank of Vice-Chancellor. He was a Visiting Fellow on Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington in 2009. TP Sreenivasan has a creditable academic record, having stood first in the University of Kerala in B.A. (English) and M.A. (English). He speaks Japanese and Russian, and has authored several books. He was also the host of the well known Malayalam television show on international affairs called ‘Videsha Vicharam’ aired on Asianet News.

DR SHELLY JOHNY, Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Aloysius College, Elthuruth, Thrissur. He completed his Masters in International Relations at Middlesex University, London. He did his MPhil and PhD in West Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has held research positions at the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi which is a think tank of the Indian Air Force and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi which is under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. His research interests include contemporary West Asia with special emphasis on the Arab Gulf states, Iran, Iraq and Hezbollah and the Af-Pak region. Within these regions, the focus is on the nature and development of the on-going conflicts in these regions and the overall security and terrorism-related aspects. His other research interests include the nature of material and cultural exchanges between West Asia and South Asia in the early historical period through both overland and maritime routes.


Date: September 02, 2021
Time: 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM IST
Virtual Platform: Zoom

Event Video Recording: https://youtu.be/P5IopEMGnaA

Event Report: https://www.cppr.in/event-report/u-s-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-implications-and-the-road-ahead