An Analytical Investigation of Politico-Economic Effects of Gwadar and Chabahar Ports on Pak-Iran Relations

Authors

  • Amir Jan Lasbela University, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan. Author
  • Muhammad Ramzan Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Pakistan. Author
  • Shahid Hussain Kamboyo University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan.  Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.1.19

Keywords:

Chabahar Port, Gwadar Port, CPEC, Iran and Pakistan Relations

Abstract

This paper aims to explore the geostrategic importance and implications of Gwadar and Chabahar ports for the entire region. Drawing upon a multidisciplinary approach, this study integrates political, economic, and geopolitical perspectives to assess the complex dynamics at play. It delves into the historical context of Pak-Iran relations, examining the factors that have shaped their interactions over time. Furthermore, it scrutinizes the geopolitical implications of Gwadar and Chabahar ports in the context of regional power dynamics, considering the interests and interventions of key stakeholders such as China, India, and the United States. Economically, the paper evaluates the potential synergies and competition between Gwadar and Chabahar ports, exploring how their development may impact trade patterns, investment flows, and economic development in both Pakistan and Iran. Additionally, it examines the role of infrastructure connectivity in enhancing regional integration and fostering economic cooperation among neighboring states. Through a critical analysis of existing literature, empirical data, and expert insights, this paper aims to offer valuable insights into the evolving dynamics of Pak-Iran relations in the context of the Gwadar and Chabahar ports. The theory of the struggle for power among regional powers is applied in the paper to identify the political rivalry between China and India and their possible implications for Gwadar and Chabahar ports on Pak-Iran relations. Most importantly, the paper aims to address the questions: what are the policy options for Pakistan and Iran to skip the exploitation of regional and international powers with respect to both ports and avoid disturbance in their bilateral relations?

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Author Biographies

  • Amir Jan, Lasbela University, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Lasbela University, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan, 
    Pakistan. Email: amirluawms@gmail.com

  • Muhammad Ramzan, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Pakistan.

    Assistant Professor, Institute of International Relations, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Pakistan.

  • Shahid Hussain Kamboyo, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan. 

    PhD Scholar, Department of Public Administration, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan. 

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Published

2024-02-28

How to Cite

An Analytical Investigation of Politico-Economic Effects of Gwadar and Chabahar Ports on Pak-Iran Relations. (2024). Journal of Asian Development Studies, 13(1), 219-228. https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.1.19

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