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.

Changing Face: The Trials and Fortunes of Regional Cooperation under SAARC

Changing face: The trials and fortunes of regional cooperation under SAARC
Saman Kelegama

Introduction

The proliferation over the last few decades of various multilateral organisations to promote regional cooperation reflects a global society which is acutely aware of, and has come to embrace, its growing interconnectedness. The formal establishment of SAARC represents one instance of this. As set out in the charter, the primary objective of SAARC is to utilise cooperation amongst its eight member states as a springboard for achieving cohesive development in the economic, cultural and socio-political lives of its 1.6 billion citizens. Nevertheless, despite enormous potential for facilitating such development in a region populated by over 40 per cent of the world's poor, ...

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