As the United States continues to engage in peace talks with the Taliban, even as Washington considers its future military presence in Afghanistan, the country’s uncertain future provides an opportunity for regional power competition. Recent developments have laid the groundwork for coordination between Iran and Russia in this space, a cooperation which has implications for Iran’s rivalry with Pakistan. At stake in this interplay of regional interests are long-term geopolitical, military and economic interests that can be shaped for years to come.
How might Iran approach the divergent and common interests of Iran, Russia and Pakistan in Afghanistan? What are Iran’s priorities, and where might opportunities emerge for cooperation or conflict? How might Iran balance these competing interests, and what will be the impact on the ground in Afghanistan? The Middle East Institute (MEI) is proud to host a group of experts to address these questions and more.
David M. Rubenstein fellow, Foreign Policy program, The Brookings Institution
Nonresident senior fellow, ACSouthAsia,The Atlantic Council
Director of analytical development, Center for Global Policy
Director, Middle East studies, Marine Corps University
Alex Vatanka, moderator
Senior fellow and director, Iran program, MEI