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  • South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future

    South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future
    Publisher: Pentagon Security International
    ISBN 978-81-8274-497-4
    Price: ₹. 895/- Purchase Download E-copy

    About the Book

    This volume includes a collection of papers contributed by eminent scholars and analysts from the South Asian region on how they visualise South Asia a decade hence. This was primarily motivated b the desire to think collectively about our regional future in terms of issues that challenges the region and the individuals states; how the external powers' presence in this region affects it; and the role of regional institutional mechanisms in fostering cooperation and greater economic integration in a globalised world, where connectivity is a key.

    It is recognised that the region suffers from several constraints that has made common challenges difficult to address; nevertheless, there is an optimism that the region will move forward steadily albeit slowly, to evolve a common agenda, and shape a regional identity that would form the bedrock of any cooperative endeavour.


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    About the Contributors

    Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Cooperation
    -- Smruti S Pattanaik


    Forging Regional Consensus

    1. South Asia 2020: Moving towards Cooperation or Conflict?
    -- Nirupama Rao

    2. South Asia in the Next Decade: A Futuristic Perspective
    -- Arvind Gupta

    3. South Asian Regional Security Architecture: Between Anarchy and Order
    -- Sujit Dutta

    4. Dealing with Terrorism: Can there be a Regional Approach?
    -- Shahedul Anam Khan

    5. Changing Pattern of Security Threats: Imperatives for Realignment
    -- Kaiser Bengali and Nausheen Wasi

    6. South Asia between Co-operation and Conflict: Globalisation, and Violent Peace
    -- Darini Rajasingham Senanayake

    7. Transboundary Rivers in South Asia: Source of Cooperation or Conflict?
    -- Uttam Kumar Sinha


    Domestic Politics and the Future of South Asia

    8. Democratic State-Building as an Effective and Enduring Conflict Resolution Strategy for Afghanistan
    -- Davood Moradian

    9. The Tamil National Question in Sri Lanka: Current Dynamics and Future Trends
    -- Sumanasiri Liyanage

    10. Federalising the Nepali State Challenges and Opportunities
    -- Krishna P. Khanal

    11. Radicalisation of Civil Society: A Case Study of Pakistan
    -- Tahmina Rashid

    12. South Asia in 2020: A Maldives Perspective
    -- Ibrahim Hussain Zaki


    Extra-Regional Powers and Regional Security

    13. Extra-Regional Powers and their Interest in Nepal
    -- Nishchal N. Pandey

    14. The Afghanistan Conundrum: Regionalising the Peace Effort
    -- Ahmad Shayeq Qassem

    15. Extra-Regional Powers and the Emerging Security Scenario in South Asia
    -- Rajesh Rajagopalan

    16. China’s South Asian Policy: From Bilateral to Multilateral
    -- Swaran Singh


    Forging Regional Cooperation: The Way Ahead

    17. Does SAARC have a Future?
    -- Smruti S. Pattanaik

    18. Regional Economic Integration and SAFTA: What does it Portend?
    -- Nitya Nanda and Souvik Bhattacharjya

    19. Regional Transport Connectivity: Getting Past the Impediments
    -- M. Rahmatullah


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