The report looks at post-withdrawal Afghanistan and explores possible scenarios of regional development. In addition to providing an overview of what to watch for in 2014, it also considers the implications of NATO withdrawal for the key stakeholders in the region: Russia, the U.S., China and the states of Central Asia and the Arab Gulf. These scenarios analyze the potential destabilizing impact of Islamic extremism in the region.

A group of RD experts – Mark Katz of George Mason University, George Joffé of the University of Cambridge, Aleksander Sharavin of the Russian Institute of Political and Military Analysis, Alexei Pilko of Moscow State University and Yevgeny Pakhomov, former special correspondent to Pakistan and India, present their views on the future of this geopolitically important region after 2014.