Afghanistan and its neighbourhood: the Wider Central Asia Initiative
In 2012 SIPRI
launched an initiative to promote dialogue among the main stakeholders in Afghanistan’s
future. The stability and security of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its wider
neighbourhood is a key issue for the region and for the international community. With the impending 2014 withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force, new
policy approaches based on a clear understanding of the fast-changing situation in the region are
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A particular focus of SIPRI’s Wider Central Asia Initiative is how regional security can be strengthened or developed through formal institutions and informal mechanisms to address the existing and emerging security challenges. As a part of this work, SIPRI has consulted with the Government of Afghanistan as well as bringing together experts and officials from Afghanistan’s regional neighbours—the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and five Central Asian states: the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
By bringing together key actors from the region in structured dialogues, and by providing
independent analyses of the problems at hand, SIPRI hopes to provide policymakers with
recommendations that could contribute to the strengthening of regional policies that support
durable stability and security in Afghanistan and its neighbourhood. The initiative is supported
by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
29 July 2013: The challenges ahead for Iran's new President
by Bruce Koepke
The election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as the seventh president of the
Islamic Republic of Iran confirmed both the unpredictability and the
enduring adaptability of Iran’s political landscape. Rouhani, who will
be officially endorsed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on 3
August, faces a number of immediate challenges, including bridging the
gap between Iran’s political factions and addressing the impact of
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Iran's Policy on Afghanistan: The Evolution of Strategic Pragmatism
SIPRI Report, September 2013Iran, with its breadth of experience in Afghanistan and long support for the reconstruction and stabilization of Afghanistan, could continue to play a constructive role after the withdrawal of international forces in 2014. In this report the author details the evolution of Iran's policy of strategic pragmatism in Afghanistan.
Europe, Afghanistan and the Transatlantic Relationship after 2014
SIPRI Report, May 2013As the December 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan approaches, it is already clear that NATO's future footprint in the country will be markedly smaller. This report explores the importance of ISAF to the alliance between Europe and the United States.
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Decoding Pakistan's 'Strategic Shift' in Afghanistan
SIPRI Report, May 2013
When in early 2012 Pakistan touted a major shift in its Afghan policy, the move was cautiously welcomed given the influence—and spoiling power—Pakistan has displayed in Afghanistan in the past. This paper asks exactly what Pakistan's 'strategic shift' entails, what are the motives behind it, and whether it opens any new opportunities for peace in Afghanistan.
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16 May 2013, Brussels
Launch of two analytical papersSIPRI held an event to launch two analytical reports. The first addresses Pakistan's policies towards Afghanistan and the interests and perspectives that are shaping their approach in the region. The second, with a transatlantic theme, explores the possible future role for Europe within the context of the Transatlantic community in Afghanistan.
4 March 2013, Washington DC
SIPRI seminarSIPRI held a seminar on the regional dimension of stability in Afghanistan and its neighbourhood at SIPRI's North America offices in Washington, DC. The key note speech was delivered by H. E. Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States. The seminar was attended by experts from Washington's policy community. Following the meeting in DC, the SIPRI delegation travelled on to Ottawa, Canada to brief the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Wider Central Asia project activity and related research. Please contact Theresa Höghammar if you would like to receive further information about this event.