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  • The United States in South Asia: An Unending Quest for Stability

    Seth G. Jones, In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2010, pp. 430, ISBN 978-0-393-33851-5 (paperback

    Forrest E. Morgan, C. Christine Fair, Keith Crane, Christopher S. Chivvis, Samir Puri, and Michael Spirtas, Can United States Secure an Insecure State , RAND Corporation, US, 2010, pp. 232, ISBN 978-0-8330-4807-3 (paperback)

    January 2011

    Yoginder Rangi asked: Tell me the books related to China influence in South Asia and Indian national security?

    G C K Rai replies:
    1. Dittmer, Lowell (ed) & Yu, George T (ed): China, the developing world, and the new global dynamic. Boulder. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2010.

    2. Ramesh, Jairam: Making sense of Chindia. [reflections on China and India] New Delhi. India Research Press, 2005.

    3. Dittmer, Lowell (ed.): South Asia's nuclear security dilemma. [India, Pakistan, and China] Armonk. M. E. Sharpe, 2005.

    4. Acharya, Amitav & Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS): Seeking security in The Dragon's shadow. [China and Southeast Asia in the emerging Asian order] Singapore. Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), 2003.

    5. Singhai Institute for International Studies: China and Asia's security. Singapore. Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2005.

    6. Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research: Balance of power in South Asia. Abu Dhabi. Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2000.

    7. Leong, Ho Khai (ed.) & Ku, Samuel C Y (ed.): China and Southeast Asia. [global changes and regional challenges] Singapore. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2005.

    8. Keller, William W (ed) & Rawski, Thomas G (ed): China's rise and the balance of influence in Asia. Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.

    9. Goh, Evelyn (ed) & Simon, Sheldon W (ed): China, the United States and Southeast Asia. [contending perspectives on politics security and economics] London. Routledge, 2008.

    10. Beller-Hann, Ildiko (ed), Cesaro, M Cristina (ed), Harris, Rachel (ed) & Finley, Joanne Smith (ed): Situating the uyghurs between China and Central Asia. Hampshire. Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2007.

    11. Sengupta, Anita: Russia, China and multilateralism in Central Asia. Delhi. Shipra, 2005.

    12. Sutter, Robert G: China's rise in Asia. [promises and perils] Lanham. Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

    South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future

    South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future
    • Publisher: Pentagon Security International

    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. 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.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-497-4 ,
    • Price: ₹. 895/-
    • E-copy available

    Kovid Kumar asked: How do we achieve economic integration in South Asia?

    Nitya Nanda (Fellow, TERI) replies: The question presumes that the level of economic integration in South Asia is very low compared to other regions of the world. This may appear so if one looks at the intra-regional trade in South Asia which is very often considered an indicator of regional integration. But this may not be the right indicator to measure the level of economic integration in South Asia due to its extremely skewed size distribution in the region as well as due to the fact that most countries do not share border with each other. In fact the level of trade integration of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is reasonably high with India. Indian investment is also quite high in these countries except Bangladesh. Thus even higher level of integration can happen only if there is better relationship between India and Pakistan. This will strengthen economic ties not only between India and Pakistan but also between India and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan and Nepal. There can also be sectoral cooperation, particularly in the fields of energy, telecom, transport, information technology and education. Economic integration also requires greater movement of people. As of now people can move freely betwen India and Nepal and India and Bhutan. Indians also get visa on arrival in Sri Lanka. India can also offer similar facility to Sri Lankans. Making movement of people between India and Bangladesh easier should not be too difficult. Overall, I would argue that the level of economic integration is not as low as is often made out to be. But the the key to furthur economic integration lies in the domain of politics, particularly in India Pakistan relationship.

    Reconciling Doctrines: Prerequisite for Peace in South Asia

    Reconciling Doctrines: Prerequisite for Peace in South Asia

    This paper suggests an approach towards building conditions necessary for peace between India and Pakistan. Identifying the Pakistani army as a power centre in Pakistan, the hypothesis is that a strategic dialogue with it would achieve doctrinal balancing and help mitigate its threat perception.


    South Asia: The Quest For Regional Cooperation

    South Asia: The Quest For Regional Cooperation
    • Publisher: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

    The papers in book outline the common challenges that the countries face, identify the factors that inhibit inter-state cooperation, acknowledge the costs of non-cooperation, and reaffirm the need for the states in South Asia to shed their differences and engage with each other in meaningful ways.

    • ISBN 81-86019-61-8
    • E-copy available

    Brief on India’s Neighbourhood

    Terrorism, maritime security and border management are the key challenges in India's neighbourhood

    May 28, 2009

    Contemporary Issues in South Asia - Documents

    Contemporary Issues in South Asia - Documents
    • Publisher: Shipra Publications (2009)

    The volume highlights various contemporary issues confronting the SAARC countires in the 21st century. It seeks to provide substantive reference material for policy-makers, researchers, diplomats and students of South Asian Studies.

    • ISBN 978-81-7188-770-5,
    • Price: ₹. 995/-

    Terrorism, ideology and misconceptions

    Terrorism is at the forefront of international politics and is a major crisis of our age. Not found in pre-modern times, this phenomenon finds its root in ideological movements and not in religion. While referring to different forms of terrorism several scholars have suggested nihilism in modern times as the source of the problem. They view nihilism as a decline in values, or in other words, a tendency of ‘devaluing all values’.

    May 18, 2009