Global Geopolitical Dynamics and Prospects for Afghanistan’s Regional Connectivity


  • Pashmina Mughal
  • Sadia Suleman



Regional connectivity, New Great Game, geoeconomics, Afghanistan, Central Asia


This article focuses on postulating Afghanistan in the context of geopolitics and its role as a regional ‘connector’ in the emerging global scenario. With the shift in geopolitics, the indicators of the New Great Game also suggest the emerging role of Afghanistan in the context of regional connectivity. However, the discordant society of Afghanistan, the paradoxical nature of domestic politics, and the deteriorating security situation in the country remain vital challenges in this regard. Nevertheless, this article argues that the ‘resetting’ of the international and regional politics provides a broader scope for Afghanistan, in becoming a regional transit and connectivity hub for South and Central Asia to Europe and Middle East. Through intra-regional trade and transit, this connectivity will not only ensure political and economic stability of Afghanistan but will also contribute to establishing sustainable peace in the country. In doing so, the article examines various regional developmental
projects to explore the potential role of Afghanistan, following the U.S. withdrawal, towards regional peace and stability. Furthermore, it contributes to signifying the political and economic integration of Afghanistan within the region. It concludes that peace and stability are necessary milestones to be achieved for Afghanistan to serve as a ‘regional connectivity hub’.

Author Biographies

Pashmina Mughal

Pashmina Mughal is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations of National
University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Sadia Suleman

Dr. Sadia Suleman is an Assistant Professor and Independent Consultant at the Area Study Centre for Africa, North and South Americas of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.




How to Cite

Pashmina Mughal, & Sadia Suleman. (2021). Global Geopolitical Dynamics and Prospects for Afghanistan’s Regional Connectivity. NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability, 4(2), 16–34.




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