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Author Nader, Alireza, author.

Title Iran's influence in Afghanistan : implications for the U.S. drawdown / Alireza Nader [and four others].

Publication Info. Santa Monica, California : RAND, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 58 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
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Contents Introduction -- Iran and Afghanistan: A Complicated Relationship -- Iran and Other Powers in Afghanistan -- Conclusion and Implications for the United States.
Summary This study explores Iranian influence in Afghanistan and the implications for the United States after the departure of most American forces from Afghanistan. Iran has substantial economic, political, cultural, and religious leverage in Afghanistan. Kabul faces an obdurate insurgency that is likely to exploit the U.S. and international drawdown. The Afghan government will also face many economic difficulties in future years, and Afghanistan is highly dependent on international economic aid. Additionally, the biggest problem facing Afghanistan may be political corruption. Iranian influence in Afghanistan following the drawdown of international forces need not necessarily be a cause of concern for the United States though. Although Tehran will use its cultural, political, and economic sway in an attempt to shape a post-2016 Afghanistan, Iran and the United States share core interests there: to prevent the country from again becoming dominated by the Taliban and a safe haven for al Qaeda. This study examines Iran's historic interests in Afghanistan and its current policies in that country, and explores the potential implications for U.S. policy. The research is based on field interviews in Afghanistan, the use of primary sources in Dari and Persian, and scholarly research in English.
Subject Afghan War (2001- ) (OCoLC)fst01695175
Political stability -- Afghanistan.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Peace.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Iran.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Afghanistan.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Afghanistan -- Strategic aspects.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- Afghanistan.
Afghanistan -- Foreign relations.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Security (National & International)
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- International.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Peace. (OCoLC)fst01055758
Political stability. (OCoLC)fst01069883
Strategic aspects of individual places. (OCoLC)fst01355062
Afghanistan. (OCoLC)fst01205406
Iran. (OCoLC)fst01204889
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9780833085931 (electronic bk.)
083308593X (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/RR-616
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