Iran and Afghanistan: Keys to regional Caspian and Central Asian security and prosperity. What’s next?

Iran and Afghanistan: Keys to regional Caspian and Central Asian security and prosperity. What’s next?

11 March 2016 09:00-10:30 Four Seasons Hotel, Segah Ballroom

With the suc­cess of the inter­na­tional nuclear deal reached with the P5+2 (Ger­many and the Euro­pean Union), the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran has regained its posi­tion within the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, which now enables it to legit­i­mately take on the part of regional power it aspires to be. This change in regional dynam­ics could lead to both oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges, in par­tic­u­lar in the Caspian region.

At the same time, insta­bil­ity in Afghanistan remains a key chal­lenge for secu­rity and pros­per­ity in Cen­tral Asia. Now that the mul­ti­lat­eral coali­tion has departed the coun­try with­out fully achiev­ing its goals, expec­ta­tions that a func­tion­ing democ­racy will nonethe­less blos­som in the decades to come are high. Yet, it seems that the coun­try might have to face its des­tiny on its own—or pos­si­bly along with its neighbours—as the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity has been prompt to aban­don the Afghan case after a decade-long deba­cle.

  1. Will the Iran deal lead to a less or more volatile regional sit­u­a­tion?
  2. Can the Caspian Region, with Iran as a player, become a sym­bol and mag­net of peace and pros­per­ity?
  3. Does the agree­ment point to a trend for mul­ti­lat­eral diplo­macy in the fight against nuclear pro­lif­er­a­tion?
  4. What is the role of West­ern play­ers? How should other inter­na­tion­als be engaged in the region? nuclear weapon as well?thin the Umma and aingdom?luence within the SCO?

Afghanistan:

  1. After the with­drawal of U.S. and inter­na­tional coali­tion forces, what are the prospects?
  2. Is the new Afghan pres­i­dency up to the chal­lenge of country-building?
  3. How to fur­ther more part­ner­ships and coop­er­a­tion in the neigh­bour­ing region?