This paper attempts to analyze the role of international actors in detail and
how these states have contributed to the existing situation in the province.
Overall, the research is an effort to categorically analyze the domestic as well
as international factors behind the instability in Balochistan. Balochistan
prominently configures the foreign policies of different states due to the
interests and stakes involved in the volatile province. In terms of the
transnational factors, there are few factors which have enhanced the
significance of the province in the contemporary times, like War on Terror and
the emerging economic and geostrategic importance of the province. China
Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has increased the significance of
Balochistan, also. At the same time, this increased significance has posed
internal challenges for the inhabitants of the province who are of the view that
the effects of the development should be visible across the board and the locals
should be given their due share. The nationalist movement in Balochistan has
developed greater contacts with their co-ethnics in the neighboring countries.
Among the foreign powers, the role of India, Afghanistan, China, USA and the
Middle East are of great concern.
1-Mariam Asif PhD Scholar, School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR), Quaid-e- Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.2-Ahmed Saeed Minhas Faculty Member, Institute for Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis (ISSRA), National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Bashir Ahmad Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bahria University Karachi Campus, Karachi, Pakistan.
Balochistan, Instability, International Actors, CPEC