Prospects for Developing a Sustainable Regional Policy in Afghanistan and its Neighbourhood
Neamit Nojumi, Author, American State-building in Afghanistan and its Regional Consequences
While the notion of regional economic integration as a driver of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region has been advanced at different stages over the last 15 years, concrete examples of cooperation are few. A lack of a coherent policies and a framework for implementation on the part of the US and Europe has not only incentivized regional actors to continue cultivating old client relationships that fuel the war economy, but has also created a strategic vacuum that is being filled by Russia’s security concerns and China’s economic influence, especially over South West and Central Asia, including Iran.
This roundtable, held in collaboration with the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE), will assess the advantages, and obstacles, to the idea of regional economic integration in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood, particularly in light of political developments both in the region and internationally.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.