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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

The Conflict in Afghanistan: Interlocking Strategic Challenges as a Barrier to Regional Solution
The conflict in Afghanistan: interlocking strategic challenges as a barrier to regional solution
Ankit Panda Srinjoy Bose

Many scholars, commentators, and observers have pointed out that the fundamental trigger of Afghanistan's recent and ongoing problems was the Communist coup of 1978, followed by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 (Maley, 2009; Barfield, 2010). Between 1979 and 1992, the Communist regime used Soviet assistance to purchase the loyalty of regional powerholders. Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union, aid stopped. Unable to lean on the generosity of an external patron, the government ...

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