Afghanistan is the victim of a new geopolitical game

Afghanistan is a land of natural and human excesses, a land of secrets and hopes and a land with a prominent geopolitical position, which referred to as the geopolitical helm of Asia. This superior geopolitical position of Afghanistan is attractive for geopolitical actors in the region and the world. The absorption of regional and global powers has provided the ground for numerous and varied geopolitical games in this land. Games that leave only grief and insecurity for the citizens of its inhabitants. The latest geopolitical game in Afghanistan has been accompanied by the re-emergence of the Taliban. A modern, extremist actor who knows nothing about governance and civil rights that create panic across the country for Afghan citizens.

The debate is what are the interests and goals behind the regional and global geopolitical actors in creating the conditions and not paying attention to the return of the Taliban and controlling the Afghan airspace? What are the goals of behind-the-scenes actors such as the United States, Pakistan, China, etc., who have become indifferent to the fate of the citizens and the displacement of this space again?

It may be too early to answer these questions now, but with a forward-looking the product and output of this geopolitical game in Afghanistan, the region and the world can be known. Surely the Taliban is the same modernist group of two decades ago with a new look and the same ideas as before that its domination of Afghanistan will welcome its citizens with double the pressure away from formal education, housewives, extrajudicial executions and so on. . Therefore, their output for the citizens of Afghanistan, due to the inability to govern, will only create terror through guns, and homelessness and backwardness again for the people of Afghanistan. Of course, due to the cultural and intellectual changes of the Afghan people, this is very difficult for them compared to two decades ago, and to achieve it, it will certainly be more fear and insecurity for Afghan citizens.

Afghanistan’s output for its neighbors and the world will surely soon be in the form of terrorist attacks, increased drug production and exports, more refugee, intensifying extremist reactions in other countries, etc. On the other, this power grab further shadows the position and role of international institutions in minds, causing the global atmosphere to become more competitive than before and further distance itself from international principles.

In sum, the world will pay back a measure of negligence in the face of this geopolitical game. The game, which has apparently begun with greasy goals and interests for geopolitical actors such as the United States, China, Pakistan, etc., will become the swamp of these goals and interests and, in its path, challenge the world within itself. Therefore, before the world is plunged to this level of insecurity and vulgarity and the blood of most Afghan citizens in Afghanistan is shed by the Taliban, they must react one voice to it.

Mohsen Janparvar
Mohsen Janparvar
Assistant professor of political geography of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad