Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Central Asian states are showing great concern about the future of Afghanistan in light of the withdrawal of ISAF combat forces. Their biggest fear is that religious extremism and drug trafficking will spread north from Afghanistan. Kazakhstan, one of the Central Asian states, hopes to assist in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and the expansion of the Afghan economy with the intent of providing additional stability to the country. The existence of the Northern Distribution Network and the advancement of the New Silk Road are factors that will contribute to this economic revival. Read more in "Kazakhstan Eyes Prestige in Afghanistan After 2014 Drawdown", Foreign Policy Report, December 16, 2014.