The South Asian security complex refers to security interdependencies between the states in the region, and also includes the effect that powerful external actors, such as China, the US and Russia, and geopolitical interests have on regional dynamics. This book focuses on the national securities of a number of South Asian countries in order to discuss a range of issues related to South Asian security.
The book makes a distinction between traditional and non-traditional security. While state-centric approaches such as bilateral relations between India and Pakistan are considered to be traditional realist approaches to security, the promotion of economic, environmental and human security reflect global concerns, liberal theories and cosmopolitan values. The book goes beyond traditional security issues to reflect the changing security agenda in South Asia in the twenty-first century, and is a useful contribution to studies on South Asian Politics and Security Studies.
Introduction 1. Theorizing regional security Sagarika Dutt Part 1: State-centric approaches to security 2. Afghanistan and the war on terror Sita Bali 3. Nuclear weapons in South Asia: Theoretical implications Nicolas Blarel 4. India-Pakistan relations and the Kashmir issue: An historical perspective Ashok Behuria 5. China’s growing strategic influence in South Asia: The impact on national securities and insecurities: A comment Tridib Chakraborti Part 2: Identity, democracy and order 6. Beyond divisive nationalisms in Sri Lanka: Some new perspectives on identity and democracy in the ‘hybrid island’ Martin Mulligan 7. Ethno-nationalism in Pakistan: Challenges for the state: An overview Alok Bansal 8. Islamism and its varied dimensions in south-central Asia Kunal Mukherjee 9. Maoists in power: Emergence of a new Nepal B.C. Upreti 10. Making sense of insurgencies in north-east India: An overview Namrata Goswami Part 3: The changing security agenda 11. Human security in South Asia and the role of the UN and its agencies Sagarika Dutt 12. The impact of climate change in South Asia Alok Bansal and Sreeradha Datta 13. The politics of energy pipelines in South Asia Shebonti Ray Dadwal 14. The nuclear non-proliferation regime and the future of Indo-US nuclear energy cooperation Sagarika Dutt 15. Multilateral economic co-operation and the emergence of regional organizations in South Asia: An assessment Mohor Chakraborty