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.

Bangladesh in Saarc: Identity Issues and Perspectives

Bangladesh in Saarc: Identity issues and perspectives
Sanjay K. Bhardwaj

Introduction

In the 21st century, the world as a whole has been experiencing enormous change as the forces of liberalisation and globalisation are leading to its transformation into a global community. The intensity of development in South Asia has also been accompanied by sustainable economic growth. Consequently, the majority of South Asian states are now expanding their strategies to take advantage of the nascent opportunities of development. India and its neighbours are either reaching out to other countries for their developmental needs and defence requirements, or nurturing the possibilities of strengthening their regional institutional framework. Nevertheless, with China's relative rise and its expanding footprint in South Asia, new questions are ...

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