[Originally published by Royal Danish Defence College]

In November-December 2016, the Royal Danish Defence College together with the Pakistan’s National University of Sciences and Technology held a joint conference in Islamabad titled Peace, Growth and Empowerment: Promoting Regional Connectivity. The conference is a part of the Danish Peace and Stabilization Fund.

A report is now available, which contains edited and reflected perspectives, analysis, and recommendations based on the presentations, dialogues and debates at the conference. A key feature at the conference as well as in the report is that a broader focus on economy and trade is required in order to identify measures and paths that can initiate a progressive process towards peace, growth, and empowerment in the region of South Asia.

The report contains ideas on enhanced cooperation on both security and economy. It is a particular relevant read for regional political decision makers, institutions, private companies, and researchers that wish to gain insight into the present and future political and economic developments of Afghan-Pakistani relations and to the region in general. Military institutions, officers and officials facing deployment in the region as well as universities and scholars with ongoing research and programmes in the region will also benefit from output of the stabilization project that this report represents.