This book traces economic and political issues through SAARC’s thirty-year journey. Topical and well-researched, this collection provides a comprehensive assessment of SAARC and provides policy directives for the future. The book points out the issues and constraints that have hindered regional cooperation in South Asia. It establishes that despite being democracies, there has been little effort by member nations to promote regional cooperation in the public domain. It stresses that in view of the increased role that countries wish to play in globalisation, economic cooperation is the way forward. The book further argues that political will is the pivot on which the prospect of regional cooperation revolves.
Chapter 2: Afghanistan, SAARC and the Road Ahead
Afghanistan, SAARC and the Road Ahead
Afghanistan, as the new entrant to the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) since 2007, has great expectations from the Association, particularly because of its unique geographical role as a land bridge between South and Central Asia. Indeed, the survival of Afghanistan as a viable state relies on its ability to find itself a meaningful economic purpose in the region, a possibility only within the framework of regional cooperation.
However, South Asia has been one of the least economically integrated regions because, instead of exploring common opportunities, countries of the region have been dwelling on their differences. For instance, despite continuous efforts, such as the creation of SAARC, limited regional cooperation ...