A Historical Analysis of India’s Quest for Regional Integration via Chabahar

Key Points:

  • A historical analysis of the Shahid Beheshti Port project assisted through open source satellite imagery analysis by observers at PAK-IMINT reveals various factors that have systemically slowed the developmental progress of Chabahar Port.
  • An important takeaway of the assessment of India’s involvement in the Chabahar Port is that it was more “hype” than “substance”.
  • India rejuvenated efforts to regain its losing foothold in Chabahar through coordination with Uzbekistan as a gateway to tap into understanding with other CARs.
  • By using the INSTC and SCO card, India hopes to lure Russia into the equation and sustain its ambitions.
  • India has come full circle on Chahbahar. Keeping past trends in perspective, it is unlikely that the IPGL will be able to transform Shahid Beheshti Port into a hub of regional significance until the next Indian general elections in mid-2024.

Zaki Khalid

Zaki Khalid is a strategic analyst and freelance commentator based in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His areas of interest include national security, geopolitics, cyberspace and maritime affairs. He is also the founder and editor of 'Pakistan Geostrategic Review (PGR)', an independent platform publishing a premium newsletter and podcasts on geostrategic developments. He can be reached on Twitter @misterzedpk.

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