Impact of Istanbul Process on Afghanistan's stability: An evaluation in the context of Regional Security Complex Theory

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Uludağ Üniversitesi, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: Turkish




In order to show the common fate of all countries in the region including Afghanistan, Istanbul Process lanuched in 2011. Graveyard of Empires and Crossroad of Asia features point to its geostragic location. History testifies the impact of its location to Central Asia, South Asia and Middle East. Post-Cold War and developments in 21 century emphasized on country's sensitive position. It has been the center focus of neighboring, regional and far states. It continues to be an integral chapter of Iran, Pakistan, India, China, Russia and US foreign policy. The first NATO's serious overseas mission demonstrates the importance of country to European countries. Although cooperation among regional countries based on Afghanistan had started before the Istanbul Process, the Process tries to include all political, economic, security, social and cultural cooperation. Moreover, it has begun to start, progress and complete regional projects such as TAPI and CASA-1000. The scop of Istanbul Process which at least aims to build confidence and start a political dialogue among regional countries, is gradually expanding. As the process is centered on Afghanistan, the country's impact on three metioned regions should be considered. The important factors of country's relation with its neighbors, regional countries and US analyzed and explained. It is imperative to examine the ineraction of those countries that participated to Istanbul Process. Taking into account those factors, the Istanbul Process has been examined in detail.