Summary

India and Iran’s collaboration on the Chabahar port is a step toward India realizing its own ‘Belt and Road’ type regional connectivity project. Originally built in 1983 and expanded significantly in 2016, the port represents a win-win for both of the major players involved: for India, Chabahar solidifies Delhi’s economic influence in Afghanistan and opens up the possibility of export corridors through Central Asia and toward Europe; and for Iran, Chabahar is potentially a lucrative source of foreign investment and a way to avoid Iran being elbowed out of regional trade flows by the nearby Gwadar port in Pakistan, which is a centerpiece inthe China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Belt and Road.

So what impact is Chabahar having so far?