In the first of three case studies from the Afghanistan in a Neighbourhood project, Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh analyzes the South Asian Security Complex, notably India and Pakistan as the two main players, and their relations to Afghanistan.
About the research project
In realization of the critical role of Afghanistan’s neighbourhood to a sustainable peace in the country, the 'Afghanistan in a Neighbourhood perspective' project describes and analyses the regional security dynamic. A basic premise of the project is that each of Afghanistan’s surrounding regions – South Asia, Central Asia and the Persian Gulf – have an inherent dominant security dynamic of their own. Hence, the engagement of neighbouring states in Afghanistan is primarily a reflection of existential security concerns within their own region.
The project will describe and analyze the security dynamic within each of the three surrounding regions, with a particular view to how it impacts on the Afghanistan policy of the various countries concerned, and with a view to key states in the larger neighbourhood and the role of global powers. We focus on the near political history, with a particular emphasis on post-2001 development. A number of questions fundamental to formulating a policy for constructive third party engagement will be addressed.
Previously published papers
Harpviken, Kristian Berg (2010) Afghanistan in a Neighbourhood Perspective: General Overview and Conceptualisation, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.