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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

Afghanistan's Foreign Policy
Afghanistan's foreign policy
Kaushik Roy

The word ‘Afghan’ first emerges in a Sassanian inscription of the 3rd century ce. One can argue that the present-day Afghanistan came into existence when Ahmad Shah Abdali established the Afghan monarchy in the first half of the 18th century. Before him, we hear of various tribes and small kingdoms of Afghanistan like that of Ghur, Ghazni, etc. but there was no unified Afghan polity. One scholar has argued that Ahmad Abdali was not the founder of Afghanistan because he was born in Multan (then in Mughal India) and then took service with the Iranian (Persia until the 18th century) ruler. Further, he ...

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