The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has long-term geostrategic interests in Afghanistan: stability, economic development, and curbing narcotics flowing into Central Asia and thence to Russia. Moscow is in the difficult position of not wanting American forces to stay in Afghanistan but also not wanting the drawdown of forces to leave behind chaos.
Russia’s 21st Century Interests in Afghanistan: Resetting the Bear Trap
Kathryn Stoner is Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs at Stanford University, Faculty Director of the Susan Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies, and teaches in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., U.S.A. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Kathryn Stoner; Russia’s 21st Century Interests in Afghanistan: Resetting the Bear Trap. Asian Survey 1 April 2015; 55 (2): 398–419. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2015.55.2.398
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