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.
Chapter 54: Neighbors without Borders: Regional Integration in South Asia
Neighbors without Borders: Regional Integration in South Asia
In the European Union, NAFTA, and ASEAN, regional integration has profoundly expanded the political options available to member nations. It is easy to forget that these supranational institutions are not organic, and were created over many years in a very specific set of circumstances. However, some regions have been left behind by the trend of interconnectedness, and remain isolated from their neighbors. The aim of this chapter is to build an understanding of the theory and history of regional integration and apply those lessons to South Asia.
Regional Integration is the process by ...