Given the Obama regime’s focus on diplomatic relations in South-Central Asia, a recent piece by Parag Khanna that appeared in Foreign Policy is timely and relevant. His analysis of the ‘Af-pak’ issue displays a detailed understanding not only of U.S. strategy toward the region, but also the strategies of the not so obvious players who are ‘meddling’ in the region, motivated by political and economic incentives. China, for example, is involved as a long-term investor in Afghanistan – building highways across Iran to gain access to giant copper mines south of Kabul. The implications of these dealings in the regional dynamics of South-Central Asia should be factored into any diplomatic and military options considered by U.S. strategists and presidential envoys.

Parag Khanna is the Director of the Global Governance Initiative and Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He will be speaking at the NYU Center for Global Affairs this Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 pm. Please see the flyer for this event for more details — all are encouraged to attend this event, which promises to be an enlightening debate and discussion on the Obama administration’s strategic objectives.

Written by Florence Au