Nato-led coalition soldiers and Afghan police secure the road after a car bomb attack near Kabul (photo: dpa)

The challenges facing Russia and China when Nato withdraws from Afghanistan

China and Russia are courting war-torn Afghanistan as an ally of their expanding Central Asian group as Nato prepares to pull out its troops by 2014. But both countries see the need to prevent terrorism and drug trafficking spilling over into neighbouring countries causing untold instability in the region and a threat to both major powers. This report examines what steps these two major players are taking to ensure stability in Central Asia when Afghanistan is finally left in charge of its own security.

RUSSIA fears that once Nato’s combat operations in Afghanistan are over, the territory will become a safe haven for international terrorism with the Taliban and drug trafficking remain...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The main question that arises here is who will be ready and able to step into the breach, if things really turn sour in Afghanistan and if trouble spreads into Central Asia?
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