Geopolitical Competition in Afghanistan and Regional Interests of Arabian Gulf Countries

EPC | 01 Dec 2013

Competition has started among regional powers in Afghanistan with the approach of the American and NATO forces withdrawal from the country and the presidential elections next spring. It is not clear if the US will really be able to protect the Kabul government and restore security with the remaining forces. What is clear is that it will be forced to coordinate extensively with influential regional powers, notably Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, to achieve its goal for a secure withdrawal. Despite contributions by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the rest of Arab countries in efforts to preserve security, stability and development in Afghanistan, these countries seem distracted now by transformations in the Middle East and lack interest in the details of the new geopolitical arrangements taking shape in Afghanistan and Central Asia.

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