Date of Award

2012

First Advisor

Daniel Neilson

Second Advisor

Francisca Oyogoa

Third Advisor

Fatma Gul Unal

Abstract

The Central Asian Pipeline project, also known as TAPI, is a geopolitically significant project that would transfer the landlocked natural resources of the Caspian hinterland to the rest of the world, through Afghanistan and Pakistan to India and the Arabian Sea. This thesis focuses on the geopolitics of the pipeline project and its significance for the participating countries and the rest of the world. Since the proposed pipeline passes through Afghanistan, the politically instability in Afghanistan has impeded the project. Therefore, this thesis mainly focuses on Afghanistan, its importance to the completion of the pipeline project, and its significance as a source of natural resources in the region. This thesis also discusses the current instability in Afghanistan and provides strategic short-term and long-term solutions to the Afghan conflict.

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