The Integrated Cooperation Programme on Tajik-Afghan Border Security and Community Stabilization will contribute to the development of a solid evidence base concerning border-related issues within and between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. This research will comprise a programme output and will also feed into all other programme activities. The Tajik-Afghan border is currently integral to the two countries’ relations, and it will grow increasingly important in light of the on-going transition in Afghanistan and the concomitant risk of insecurity-impelled displacement in or after 2014. It is also a crucial boundary in the regional narcotics trade and organized crime. Hence, it is a timely moment to undertake research-based programming along this border both as a means of addressing current and potential future challenges and to identify entry points to heighten cross border cooperation and collaboration.
The CSG’s contribution to the project resulted in three 30 page assessment reports – one written by each field researcher in Afghanistan and Tajikistan and one by the project leader synthesizing the findings and comparing and contrasting the two country reports.