Perspectives nº. 7 November 2014
Under CIDOB's "Sources of Tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan:Regional Perspectives (STAP RP)" policy research project on the regionalpowers and their interests, this series is a product of field research visitsto a number of the key regional powers identified in the 2012 MappingDocument http://www.cidobafpakproject.com/ by the STAP RP projectteam.Understanding the perspectives of the five main regional powers (India,Iran, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia) with an interest in outcomes inAfghanistan and Pakistan is a critical element in relation to this volatileregion, which is currently in a state of flux. Identification of opportunitiesfor dialogue, peace building, improved bilateral relationships andthe development of regional organisations as mechanisms for dialogue,as well as examining how the regional powers see Afghanistan andPakistan from a broader geopolitical and foreign policy perspective arekey elements in enhancing this understanding.This report is a product of a Round Table Discussion in Doha, Qatar onOctober 21 2014. It is jointly authored by Emma Hooper and GabrielReyes Leguen.While many experts contributed to the findings presented, the finalresponsibility for the content is that of CIDOB alone.