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.

Politics in Pakistan Today: The Challenge of Securing Democracy

Politics in Pakistan today: The challenge of securing democracy
Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Introduction

The countries of SAARC have a number of common features that provide the background and much of the potential for promoting, strengthening and sustaining cooperation on a broad range of issues. Geography and history stand out as the most important commonalities, along with strands of language, culture and civilisational heritage among people of mixed ethnic groups straddling the state boundaries of the South Asian states (Muni, 2010). Ethnicity is itself a major common element between sets of any two neighbouring South Asian countries. True, religion, territoriality and the post-colonial state and nation-building processes have thrust upon them fundamentally diverse national identities. That was, and perhaps ...

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