Podcast: Paul Fishstein

Paul Fishstein, former director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit in Kabul, explains the constraints to trade between Afghanistan and Central Asia, including the illicit narcotics trade. He explores how this trade may change post-2014, while also commenting on water issues, geographical challenges and historical barriers to trade.

Podcast: Ned Conway

Ned Conway explains why the New Silk Road strategy is often met with criticism, notably that it is more of a vision than a concise strategy with means to implement the vision, and how success for the strategy could be assessed. He also gives his understanding of why Central Asians are skeptical of the strategy…

Podcast: Joshua Kucera

Joshua Kucera, a freelance journalist, gives input on the effectiveness of the U.S. New Silk Road strategy, offering a comparison to Chinese efforts towards regional integration in Central Asia.

Podcast: Shairbek Juraev

Shairbek Juraev, a political expert from Kyrgyzstan, explores barriers to regional cooperation both within Central Asia and in the broader region of South Asia.

Podcast: Moheb Mudessir

Moheb Mudessir, a BBC correspondent from the Afghan Service, discusses the importance of regional integration with Central Asia for Afghanistan’s economic success, especially as international aid is reduced post-2014.