No. 764

The Dividends of Peace in Afghanistan for Pakistan and the Middle East

  • 11 November 2021

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Middle East nations are bound by geography, history and religion. Developments in any of these countries impact the others. Landlocked Afghanistan shares a 2,600-kilometer border with Pakistan, at the intersection of common tribal ties. Trade and communications routes between the Middle East and Central Asia are also linked through Pakistan and Afghanistan. Forty years of war has allowed extremism, terrorism and the drugs trade to find safe haven in Afghanistan, directly affecting Pakistan, and having broader implications for the Middle East. For Pakistan and the Middle East, the most important outcome of peace in Afghanistan would be progress and prosperity for its people, freed from extremism, terrorism and drugs. In terms of socio-economic development, opportunities for connectivity between the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia and China would also be extremely positive. This type of integration could also help the region resist interference from outside powers, who use conflict as a justification for intervening in other regions.

 

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