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The Proposed Iran-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline: An Unacceptable Risk to Regional Security

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ariel Cohen; Lisa Curtis; Owen Graham

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Energy (Natural gas industry)

Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; energy security; lng; liquefied natural gas

Type: Report

Coverage: India Pakistan

Abstract:

The Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline would be contrary to U.S. strategic interests, would destabilize the Persian Gulf, and would strengthen Russia's grip over Central Asia, decreasing both regional and global energy security. The U.S. should encourage India and Pakistan to pursue better alternatives, such as developing their liquefied natural gas capacities and building the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline.