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.

Peace, Security and Threats: A Balance Sheet

Peace, security and threats: A balance sheet
Nihal Rodrigo

The inaugural first Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was held in December 1985 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Summit adopted the Charter and Provisional Rules of Procedure for the regional organisation. One of its provisions was that ‘cooperation within the framework of the Association shall be based on respect for the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity, political independence, non-interference in the internal affairs of other States and mutual benefit’ (Article ii ). Of major political importance has been the clear indication that ‘bilateral and contentious issues shall be excluded from the deliberations’ in the Association, (Article x).

SAARC Summits were expected to be held on an ...

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