The volume looks at the idea of a new South Asia-one that is free from conflicts, mistrust and poverty and committed to restoring peace, stability, security and cooperation among the countries in the region. It explores historical legacies and geopolitical configurations alongside emerging trends, challenges and opportunities. Giving examples from the region, the contributors discuss how democracy has fared in terms of state-society linkages, transformational possibilities and globalization and radicalization of politics. They also discuss possibilities of economic cooperation in South Asia including common currency, regional imbalances and aid, transport connectivity and electricity consumption. Finally, the book examines the role of SAARC and bilateralism in forging connectivities in the region. With contributions from renowned scholars, this will be a great resource for scholars and researchers of security studies, strategic affairs, international relations, political studies and South Asian studies.
Introduction Part 1: Emerging Trends in South Asia 1. Visualizing a New South Asia 2. Challenges and Opportunities in South Asia 3. Geopolitical Conflagration in South Asia Biased to Geographical Primacy and Historical Legacy 4. SAARC needs China or China needs SAARC? 5. Bilateralism in South Asia: Future Scenario Part 2: Democracy in South Asia 6. South Asia in Future: Democratization and the Politics of Transformation 7. Globalization Radicalization and South Asia: Bringing People In 8. Challenges to Democratisation Process in South Asia: Looking at the Future 9. Perception Building in India–Pakistan Relations: The Media's Agenda