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Foreign Investment in Afghanistan Faces Obstacles

By Aryaman Bhatnagar Jul. 17 – The recently-concluded summits on Afghanistan held in New Delhi and Tokyo aimed at attracting foreign investment to Afghanistan in the hope that economic growth will simultaneously instill a sense of security and political stability. Although the Afghan government has managed to achieve its target amount – the participating countries pledged US$16 billion for the next four years – any investment in the country is likely to face obstacles. Security is the most obvious impediment for any development task undertaken in Afghanistan. For instance, Chinese activity at the Mes Aynak copper deposits in Logar Province, … Continue reading

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The Future of Afghanistan and the Role of China, India and the SCO

India has renewed its pitch for full membership within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and has supported the organization’s pledge to help stabilize Afghanistan during the withdrawal of all foreign troops. At the same time, the United States has also called on India to increase its relations with Afghanistan as China deepens its connections with the war-torn country.
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New Pipeline Agreement, Visa Regime Improve India-Pakistan Relations

In an important moment for India-Pakistan relations, both nations have signed a commercial agreement to buy natural gas from Turkmenistan, which will be shipped from a pipeline that travels through Afghanistan, Pakistan and into India. This long-delayed project, commonly referred to as the TAPI Pipeline, is worth over US$7.6 billion. Continue reading

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization Set to Expand

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the six-nation Central Asia security bloc, is to expand in two directions – firstly by admitting Afghanistan as an observer and Turkey as a dialogue partner, and then to possibly develop its remit to include trade and economic partnerships. Continue reading

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India Set to Be Largest Foreign Investor in Afghanistan

With the U.S. pulling out of Afghanistan, India is poised to become the nation’s largest investor. When NATO withdraws troops by 2014, the Indian government is keen to take up the mantle of helping redevelop the country. Continue reading

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