Security and Defence in South Asia
HE Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Dr Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme
Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, Research Associate, SOAS South Asia Institute; Author, Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy
Chair: Yalda Hakim, Presenter and Correspondent, BBC World News
Relations between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have long been fraught with complications. Afghanistan and India have blamed Pakistan for terrorist attacks while Pakistan too has struggled against Islamist militants. Current shifts in global power - as the USA welcomes in a new president and China focuses on its one-belt-one-road vision – could also affect the relationship between these three countries.
This event will focus on current thinking in each of these three countries towards their neighbours. The panellists will discuss how Afghanistan is reacting to the changing political landscape within and around its borders, how military dominance in Pakistan is impacting its domestic and foreign policies, and whether India can be seen as facilitating or threatening regional stability.