Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan alliance: assessing the potential of a Persian-speaking association

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Date created: 
2010-12-15
Identifier: 
etd6410
Keywords: 
Iran
Afghanistan
Tajikistan
Persian language
Central Asia
Middle East
Regional Trade Agreements
Gravity Model
Language-based Associations, Regionalism
Hegemony.
Abstract: 

Iran has suggested the formation of a Persian-speaking Association in collaboration with Afghanistan and Tajikistan, a collaboration that focuses on facilitating trilateral trade. Using the gravity model of trade, the author confirms that creating this regional trade association would potentially result in considerable increase in trade among these states. This study further evaluates Iran’s use of the Persian identity, language and culture to unite itself with Tajikistan and Afghanistan, in order to position itself as a contender for regional superpower status. Iran’s motives for creating the Association are as follows: increasing its influence in Tajikistan and Afghanistan; acting as a counter-balance to TÜRKSOY and the League of Arab States; preventing the increasing dominance of Russia in Tajikistan; alleviating the consequences of the American and NATO presence in Afghanistan; increasing trade; and finding new economic partners in the wake of the external sanctions due to its nuclear plans.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
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Senior supervisor: 
Stephen T. Easton
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: School for International Studies
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.
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