Sources of Tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A Regional Perspective

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A presentation by Dr Emma Hooper, Senior Research Fellow Associate at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).  

A context of political and economic instability surrounds the upcoming withdrawal of US and NATO from Afghanistan and the presidential election scheduled for 2014. Uncertainty regarding Afghanistan’s future has generated a flight of financial and human capital, and pledges of assistance to help the Afghan government fill the institutional, budget and security gaps are by no means assured. The stability and economic viability of Afghanistan and Pakistan are highly interlinked. Support will be required from Pakistan on Afghanistan; and from five other key implicated regional powers: India, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia. 

In her lecture, Dr Emma Hooper will present an overview of the Sources of Tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A Regional Perspective policy research project and the conclusions from the 2013 meetings in the region (China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan) to date. It will highlight the challenges for international relations presented by the new context, including in the light of recent global and regional developments and the interests of the five regional powers; and will outline the likely focus of the project in 2014.

Dr Emma Hooper is a Senior Research Fellow Associate at CIDOB and Project Director for the CIDOB project Sources of Tension in Afghanistan & Pakistan: A Regional perspective, Dr Hooper is a specialist in South Asia and the Middle East. She has a degree in Middle Eastern History from the School of Oriental & African Studies, London, and a PhD from the London School of Economics. She has worked as an Independent Consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN, the OECD and bilateral government aid programmes, including in the areas of governance, socio-economic development and poverty reduction, for over 25 years. From 2008-2011, she taught business strategy at EADA business school in Barcelona. Dr Hooper speaks Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, as well as Spanish, French and Italian.

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