Landlocked countries


Asfand Bhutto

A landlocked country has no territorial access to seas, limited border crossings and is transit dependence. There are currently 48 such countries. Being a landlocked creates a number of impediments in the way of country’s development, progress and advancement. It not only hampers the country’s progress but also cuts a nation off from sea resources such as fishing and prevents direct access to sea borne trade.
It is very difficult for any landlocked country to have access to external trade and often suffers from high trade transaction costs. Due to lack of access to sea borne trade, the economy of such country collapses slowly and gradually, which ultimately creates a precarious situation in which poor masses confront utmost deprivation and grievances.
The current situation in landlocked country Afghanistan reveals the same condition. Harsh weather conditions are conducive for insurgents in Afghanistan in a sense that insurgents who are natives of Afghanistan are accustomed to weather conditions but the same harsh weather conditions create hurdles for American troops to succeed in their fight against them. Hence, the landlocked countries with weak economies, hostile neighbours and harsh weather conditions are more conducive for waging insurgency.
— Islamabad

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