International Perspectives on Afghanistan and Regional Security to 2014 and Beyond
Featuring: Andrew C. Kuchins
On July 26, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program hosted a panel discussion titled "International Perspectives on Afghanistan and Regional Security to 2014 and Beyond." The panel included eminent experts from CSIS and other guest speakers who discussed the issue of regional cooperation in Afghanistan.
President Obama’s announcement of the gradual withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan through the end of 2014 has stirred the international community with concerns over Afghanistan’s ability to build a stable, secure and prosperous nation. Major regional actors – Russia, Iran, India, Pakistan, China and the Central Asian republics – all have stakes in securing Afghanistan from a Taliban takeover, preventing violence and instability, strengthening the Afghan central government and military and developing Afghanistan’s economic sphere. The seminar speakers provided their views on how these actors are currently engaged in Afghanistan and in what capacity they can build a regional security framework post 2014.