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.

Anxieties of SAARC: An Experiential Reading through South Asian University1

Anxieties of SAARC: An experiential reading through south asian university
Sasanka Perera


The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) celebrates 30 years of existence in 2014. It is an opportune time to explore its relevance, take stock of its present status and ponder over its future. This essay proposes to pose these broader questions by taking an approach quite different from what is usually adopted by scholars of international relations and politics. My interest is to explore the regional manifestation of two kinds of imaginations and explore what these imaginations mean for SAARC. These two imaginations are: the imagination of the nation state on the one hand, and the imagination of the multilateral collective on ...

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