Renegotiating the Durand Line: An Analysis of its Stability Implications

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Renegotiating the Durand Line: An Analysis of its Stability Implications
Introduction
In evaluating whether renegotiating the Durand Line can bring stability to South Asia, it is evident that the renegotiation of this arbitrary border imposed by the British in the 19th century would only ease tensions if a new border which satisfies the security concerns of both the Afghan and Pakistani governments could be established. Unfortunately, this is a very contentious issue and mistrust remains high. Consequently, Pakistan has thus far adamantly opposed any renegotiation of the Line, but the reemergence of this issue and the eruption of border clashes are being increasingly recognized as a threat to regional stability, so Afghanistan and Pakistan...
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..... of the Durand Line has significance not only for relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but also for the complex conflict dynamics of the region, which revolve around religious factionalism, ethnic differences, and a fierce tradition of independent tribal identities situated in an area of considerable geostrategic importance. An undefined boundary with Pakistan with a possibility of a renewed movement for an independent Pashtunistan or a resurgent Taliban could plunge the region into conflict. This, combined with the possibility of the spread of fundamentalism beyond the Islamic crescent into India and Southeast Asia, together with continued violence against the United States and its allies, could plunge the region in further turmoil.