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India, Pakistan and beyond: executives and young security politicians discuss regional development

Before its study trip to Pakistan and India, the management seminar met the BAKS “Young Security Politicians” working group to discuss possible development scenarios for the Indian subcontinent.

As is will the region around India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and beyond develop in the future? Can the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir be resolved? And what influence do international powers like the USA and China have on the ground? As an impetus to exchange ideas with the high-ranking participants in the management seminar, four members of the “Young Security Politicians” working group first presented possible development scenarios for the Indian subcontinent.

Scenarios as a starting point for debate

Sebastian Feyock dealt with a possible escalation of local conflicts. In Pakistan’s neighboring state Afghanistan, pressure from China could bring about stabilization tendencies, said Feyock. At the same time, however, there are signs that the existing conflict between India and Pakistan is threatening to escalate in the Kashmir region. Building on this scenario, Ingmar Zielke pointed out possibilities of rapprochement between Pakistan and India in his statement. An essential key to the rapprochement could be the one based on Chinese investments China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor be. The resulting trade opportunities and Beijing's influence could have a stabilizing effect on Pakistan. However, this would also require an easing of relations between China and India, which perceive themselves as competitors.

Corinna Blutguth saw in her scenario ways to reduce the potential for conflict, for example on the Pakistani side in a course correction regarding support for the Taliban in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, she outlined the rivalries between the conflicting parties as proceeding in such a way that in the short term without one Game change - for example in the form of new mediation incentives from a third country - it is most likely that the status quo will be maintained. The fourth scenario was described by Kathleen Böhme, who focused on the effects of climate change in the region. Bangladesh threatens to lose a large part of the agricultural land in the coming years due to a rise in sea levels. The resulting migration movements in the country itself and to neighboring countries would result in social tensions and considerable potential for conflict for the Indian subcontinent.

Emphasizes relevance for Germany and Europe

Building on the keynote speeches, a discussion on the short and medium-term development opportunities in the region developed. Even if the chances of realization of individual scenarios were assessed differently, all participants agreed on the global influence of this region - also on Germany and Europe. Following the discussion, Bernd Schaller, military dean of the Catholic Military Bishop's Office in Berlin and host of the evening, took his guests to the in-house chapel. There he explained the tasks of the military pastoral care and gave the participants a moment of rest in the chapel.

For the fourth time, the participants of the BAKS management seminar and the members of the “Young Security Politicians” working group met within the framework of this discussion format. Both sides used this opportunity for intensive discussions and the opportunity to benefit from new perspectives and experiences. The three-week management seminar for security policy brings together high-ranking executives from the state, business and society in a cross-departmental discussion of a future-relevant security policy topic - this year the focus is on the Indian subcontinent. The “Young Security Politicians” working group, founded in 2015, in cooperation with the Friends of the BAKS, specifically involves young specialists and managers in the work of the Federal Academy and promotes their networking.

Author: Tobias gap