The book provides a valuable insight into the post-withdrawal Afghanistan. “The Return of the Taliban” by Hassan Abbas is indeed a significant addition to the existing corpus of knowledge on Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
The rise of China at breakneck speed and the growing influence of Russia in the International Political arena after its invasion of Ukraine, are some of the things which Frankopan had already predicted in The Silk Roads: A New History of the World.
Exploring a claim how the policy of 'Liberal Hegemony' has proved disastrous for the United States, in his book, "The Great Delusions," John. J Mearsheimer, a renowned International Relations theorist unleashed an assault on the foreign policy of the United States since the end of the Cold War.
In contrast to its hawkish foreign policy in the 1990s which earned the Taliban the ire of the International community, this time, they sound more dovish in their foreign policy approach which is well illustrated in the organization’s dealing with major powers and with those neighboring countries with whom the Taliban were at odds in the 1990s.