Discussion Paper | November 07, 2011

Recognizing the Durand Line - A Way Forward for Afghanistan and Pakistan?

 The Durand Line, drawn up in 1893 as the border between Afghanistan and British India, continues to be contested today.

EWI’s Brad L. Brasseur argues that full mutual recognition of the Durand Line would allow both countries to more effectively police their borders, and would facilitate much-needed economic development in the border regions. The validity of the Durand Line is already supported by international law and practice, he writes, but only mutual recognition will allow the two countries to cooperate and move forward in peace.

Arguing that the international community has an interest in a stable and secure Afghanistan–Pakistan border, Brasseur adds that outside investors can incentivize a resolution to the long-standing border issue by promising investment on the condition that border control and local security conditions improve.