Centre For Afghanistan Studies

CENTRE FOR AFGHANISTAN STUDIES

Located at the crossroads of South Asia and Central Asia, facing southwards from the Hindukush into the Indian sub-continent and looks down northwards into India’s extended neighbourhood. Afghanistan’s political geography has left a deep imprint not only on the regional geo-political calculus but is also mirrored in its diverse and complex socio-cultural tapestry.

Traditionally the India has had deep civilizational links with Afghanistan. The change in political geography of the region with the 1947 partition notwithstanding, India has maintained good political relations with the Afghan state. The only aberration thus far being the period of Taliban rule (1996-2001). India’s engagement with the country was stepped up after 2001 with the aim of contributing to international efforts to bring peace, stability and eventually resuscitating the country as a bridge between South and Central Asia. However intensified political and diplomatic engagement has not translated into a deeper socio-anthropological understanding of Afghan society, essential to evolving a sound policy prognosis.

The Centre for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) through its research intends to provide a window into complex yet fascinating dynamics shaping socio-cultural, geo-political and economic landscape of Afghanistan. CAS would contribute to cutting edge, policy oriented research on Afghanistan and its implications for the region at large. It would also provide a platform for collaborative exchange programs and transmission of knowledge to students and scholars.

Mission

  • Engage with key thematic of politics, society and culture in Afghanistan and its impact on regional geo-political dynamics.
  • Undertake collaborative research and transfer of knowledge to host societies.

  
Objectives

  • Serve as a resource hub for students and scholars on Afghanistan and the larger region.
  • Contribute to cutting edge research.
  • Promote exchange of knowledge, ideas and people.

  

Activities

1. Institutional networking

  • Collaborate with research and educational institutions in Afghanistan and Central Asia.
  • Promote active exchange of research scholars and students.

  
2. Research

  • Engage in trans-disciplinary research, drawing on, but not limited to fields of history, anthropology, sociology and political science.
  • Examine the impact of prolonged armed conflict on the social, cultural, political and geo-political landscape of Afghanistan.
  • Establish a first of its kind resource centre on Afghanistan in India in collaboration with the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.

    
3. Course(s) Offered

  • South and Central Asia: Key Issues and Perspectives
  • Dari Language

   
4. Outreach

  • Disseminate research findings in the academic and policy circles through organization conferences and research publications

   
5. Publications

  • Sharma, Raghav- Afghanistan ‘s Ethno-Political Challenges: A case for Federal Arrangements in Arpita Basu Roy and Srimanti Sarkar ed. THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN: ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES, Knowledge World Publishers, New Delhi, 2016.
  • Book: Nation, Ethnicity and the Conflict in Afghanistan: Political Islam and the Rise of Ethno-Politics (1992-1996), Rutledge, United Kingdom, 2016

CONTACT US
DR. RAGHAV SHARMA
Associate Professor, Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Director, Centre for Afghanistan Studies
Mob : +91-8396907463
Email : raghav@jgu.edu.in

INTERNS

 

Praagya Singh

Praagya Singh is from Lucknow, India. Currently, she is a second-year student in JSIA at O.P Jindal Global University. Being an IR student, Her area of interests include domestic and foreign policies and how they influence the economic and social aspects of the country and also she’s keenly interested in geopolitical issues which leads to intra and interstate conflicts. She has interned with a government initiative body, Uttar Pradesh Bhumi Sudhar Nigam where she researched on women empowerment in social and economic fields through women self-help groups.

Yashh Vijay Golechha

Yashh Vijay Golechha is from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Currently, he is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Global Affairs at Jindal School of International Relations in O. P. Jindal Global University, Haryana. His main interests are in the field of International Law, Humanitarian Protection and Refugee studies, Dispute settlement and Peace Studies. He has written an article titled “Afghanistan’s Unending War” for Centre of Afghanistan Studies. Prior to this, he has interned as a research assistant with ALT-IN Research, Nagpur. He also worked under Prof. Jessica Field at O. P Jindal Global University on her Refugee Studies and Forced Migration project during the summer, 2017.

 

 

 

Priyasha Sai Ukil

Priyasha is a second-year undergraduate student of International Affairs at O.P Jindal Global University. She has previously interned with the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Odisha, which is a non-profit organisation, working on research projects related to the displacement of indigenous people across the east Indian region. Additionally, she also interned with the media house My City Links, Bhubaneswar, where she worked as a content writer and editor of articles which were published in digital as well as print formats. Her areas of interest include refugee protection and analysing forced migration induced by various factors such as war and conflict, persecution or climate change; especially in the South Asian region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krupa

Krupa is from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Currently a second year undergraduate student, she is pursuing international affairs at O.P Jindal Global University. Her past experience includes interning with an NGO in Nagpur, where she worked closely with the homeless and displaced, focusing on projects related to their health and education. She interned with a Chartered Accountant in Nagpur and conducted in-depth research on the economic and social implications of GST removal on sanitary napkins in India. This developed her interest in the field of economic analyses, especially during crises situations. International trade and finance are other fields which interest her.

 

Chandni

Chandni is from Shillong, Meghalaya, India. She is a first year undergraduate student of the Jindal School of International Affairs at O.P. Jindal Global  University. She has participated in various state level debate competitions and is an enthusiastic critic of art films. Her areas of interest include critiquing political theory and philosophy and observing the practicality of their application in real life along with studying international history and relating it to today’s world politics and various population demographics. She is also a graduate from the Trinity college of London for Speech and Drama. This is her first opportunity to intern.

 

Vidisha Arora

Vidisha Arora is from Gurgaon, Haryana. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Diplomacy, Law and Business at Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P Jindal Global University, Haryana. Her main interests are in the fields of Human Rights, Foreign Policy, Ethnic Conflict and Refugee Law. She is currently working on research papers dealing with Gender War Crimes and Venezuelan Refugees.

Mahita Valluri

Mahita Valluri is from Hyderabad, India. She is currently a first year undergraduate student in JSIA, O.P. Jindal University. Her interests include the history of different civilisations across the world and political philosophy. Reading and writing are her favourite hobbies and she manages a blog that’s a collection of poems, reviews and opinions written by her.

She is also a part of the history society organsied by O.P.Jindal University.

This is her first oppurtunity to intern.

 
Vasudha

Vasudha is a second- year undergraduate student of International Affairs at O P Jindal University. Her previous experiences include interning with Centre for Social and Behaviour Change at Ashoka University , where she worked with the educational entertainment team to develop a database capturing key details on educational entertainment evaluations. She has also interned with Institute of Development and Communication where she worked with centre’s research unit and reviewed developmental literature for the same. Her areas of interest include Gender and Development, Climate Change and Conflict Resolution.

 

Vedant Saigal

I am a second-year undergraduate student of International Affairs at O.P Jindal Global University. My past experience includes interning with the Centre of Writing Studies, where i worked as a Research Associate, and contributed by creating transcripts of the plays by Maya Krishna Rao, a theater artist. I had been working in the Rotary District Organization which is an NGO, wherein i had been helping the needy and the homeless by distributing clothes and books. I am currently working as a Research Associate for the Centre of African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), where i focus on writing articles every month on issues related to these specific regions. my area of interests are international trade and finance, which further shows me a path to pursue a Master’s Degree from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

 

TESTIMONIAL

 

Himabindu Karibhuktha
Affiliation: BA (Hons) Global Affairs, Jindal School of International Affairs

My winter internship at the Center for Afghanistan studies (CAS) has been a fantastic experience. It gave me the flexibility to explore my interests and act on them. It provided me an opportunity to understand Afghanistan from a variety of different perspectives. My internship experience provided me enough space to align with and get accustomed to various activities the center undertakes, such as research, blog writing and interviews. CAS internship provided me a great environment for learning.

Shukriya Yari
Affiliation:
 BA (Hons) Global Affairs, Jindal School of International Affairs

“My experience as a research associate with the Center of Afghanistan studies (CAS) has been rewarding. Getting an opportunity to work on an interesting project on the ‘Experiences of Afghan Refugees in Delhi‘ under the guidance of my two professors Dr. Raghav Sharma and Professor Bilquees Daud, has assisted me in several ways.  The opportunity to be engaged in field work for the project gave me a great opportunity to interact with Afghan families as well as with various organisations working with refugees: such as United Nations High Commission for RefugeesKhalsa Diwan Trustand the Ara Trust. The experience gained from working with the CAS has been truly beneficial and productive for my future career.”

 

BLOG

BLOG:CHARCHA

Charcha is a forum for discussion of and engagement with ideas. The blog has been conceptualised in keeping with the vision of CAS of a commitment to an exchange of knowledge and ideas across societies and disciplines. We encourage young researchers, students and academics to offer contributions analysing recent developments in Afghanistan and the region. Contributions are encouraged on, but not limited to: 

  • History 
  • Politics 
  • Society and Culture 
  • Security and Foreign Policy 
  • Gender 
  • Education 
  • Economy

 
We accept contributions on three languages: 

  • English 
  • Pashto 
  • Dari 

Blog posts are broadly expected to adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • The length of the blog posts should be between 1,000-1,500 words. 
  • The blog posts should be written in a manner that they are accessible to a wider, non-specialist audience. 
  • Blog posts can include images (not more than four) and tables, graphs. These source for these must be appropriately cited. 
  • Please include a short author biography along with an email.   

All blog posts must be submitted to the Editor via email (raghav@jgu.edu.in). The editorial team would require 5-7 working days to review your blog post prior to publication. Please feel free to get in touch with our editorial team to share and/ or discuss ideas/ topics that you may be interested to publish on. Please note all blog posts would be subject to an editing process which may include suggestions for additions, deletions or revisions.  


Blog Posts

PROJECTS

 

Project on School Education in Faryab, Afghanistan

This is a short term, third party project being executed in collaboration with Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA)(https://iwaweb.org ). The project aims to critically and comparatively evaluate the sustainability of educational facilities set up by Norway and Department of Defence, USA respectively across ten different provinces of Afghanistan. Key findings of the project have been compiled in the form of a report published by IWA. For a copy of the report’s full findings : (Click here)

Khanabadosh: Experiences and Implications of Afghan Refugee in India

CAS has been awarded a grant by the Research Committee of Jindal Global University (JGU) to execute a project on Afghan refugees in India.The foremost concern of this research will be to critically engage with the experiences of conflict displaced Afghan population in India living as non-camp refugees. The foremost concern of this research would be to engage with the question of what are the key drivers propelling Afghans to migrate to India in larger numbers? Second why does India lack a structured legal regime for refugee protection? An engagement with this question would also entail examining differing approaches adopted by the Government of India to different communities coming to the country in search of refuge. An engagement of such nature assumes significance in light of continued inflow of displaced populations into India, in addition to Internally Displaced Populations (IDP’s) within India.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Himabindu Karibhuktha
Associate

Himabindu Karibhuktha is an undergraduate student at Jindal School of International Affairs in O. P. Jindal Global University, Haryana. She had previously interned at the Center for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) and is currently as Research Assistant at Center for Latin American, African and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) at JGU. Her research interests lie in Development, South-South Cooperation, Humanitarian assistance and Refugee laws in India.
 

Shukriya Yari
Research Associate

Shukria Yari is from Afghanistan. She has done her schooling from Rabia Balkhi High School in Kabul Afghanistan and after that, she relocated to India four years ago. She is currently a final year student in the Jindal School of International Affairs at O.P Jindal Global University. Her areas of interests include Refugee studies and Development in APAC Region and she has been working as a researcher in these fields. After doing her bachelors in International Affairs, she wishes to pursue her Master’s in the field of International Relations. In the future, she aims to work on public issues that challenge global and national inequalities and contribute towards shaping a more inclusive world.

Partnerships

 

The Centre for Afghanistan Studies is committed to its  vision on the joint production and dissemination of knowledge on Afghanistan through conducting joint research, webinars, exchange of students and faculty. CAS has thus sought to actively forge  partnerships with a diverse set of educational and research institutions in Afghanistan. Below is a list of our partners in Afghanistan:

Internship

Center for Afghanistan Studies Internship Guidelines

Center for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) provides internship opportunities for all students of JGU who preferably have a background in–but not limited to–history, sociology, political science, international relations and public policy. This is a voluntary internship that enables students to get practical experiences through variety of activities.  CAS accepts applications for internships on a rolling basis for a minimum period of eight weeks. The intern will work closely with the CAS management team to assist in the center’s activities.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assist in preparing information and research materials
  • Assist in administrative duties of the center
  • Organize center’s events i.e. movie screenings, trainings, workshops, conferences etc.
  • Regularly update center’s website content
  • Engage audience through regular posts on the center’s social media platform
  • Publicize center’s blog among students
  • Contribute a minimum of two articles or one research paper to the center’s blog
  • Assist in conducting research projects
  • Any other activity assigned by the team

Criteria & Qualifications

  • Full time student enrolled in the under–graduate or Post­graduate program at JGU
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Excellent command of English language
  • Dari and Pashto language skills are preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work individually and as a team player
  • Ability to execute assigned tasks in given deadlines

Please note interns are not offered any remuneration. Your application must be accompanied by a detailed CV; a one-page cover letter stating why you wish to intern with the center; and one short writing sample of 800 words. Interested candidates may send in their applications to raghav@jgu.edu.in or bdaud@jgu.edu.in.