Strategic Competition in South Asia: Gwadar, Chabahar, and the Risks of Infrastructure Development

  title={Strategic Competition in South Asia: Gwadar, Chabahar, and the Risks of Infrastructure Development},
  author={R. Daniels},
  journal={American Foreign Policy Interests},
  pages={100 - 93}
  • R. Daniels
  • Published 2013
  • Political Science
  • American Foreign Policy Interests
ABSTRACT Infrastructure development in South Asia is driven by competition for geographic control—to secure resources and markets—and by fears of strategic encirclement. Two recently built ports, Gwadar in Pakistan and Chabahar in Iran, have respectively solidified strategic alliances between China and Pakistan and between India and Iran. These projects are creating an uncertain balance of regional power at a time when the United States is reducing its military role in the region. The… Expand
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