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South Asian Regionalism

The Limits of Cooperation

By Bhumitra Chakma

Published

22 Jul 2020

Page count

250 pages

ISBN

978-1529205152

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

22 Jul 2020

Page count

250 pages

ISBN

978-1529205176

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

22 Jul 2020

Page count

250 pages

ISBN

978-1529205176

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
South Asian Regionalism

Leading South Asia expert Bhumitra Chakma explains the politics of regionalism in South Asia and traces the origins and evolution of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) from its inception to the present day.

He takes an International Relations perspective and engages three major IR theoretical approaches – neorealism, institutionalism and constructivism – to explain the complex dynamics of South Asian regionalism.

Using comparative perspectives based on the experiences of similar regional organizations, the author provides an in-depth analysis of the challenges of cooperation in the region and explores how progress might be made in the future.

“This book drives home the relevance of regional teamwork among developing nations, not only for global politics but also for containing such challenges as the present COVID-19 pandemic.” Suranjan Das, Jadavpur University

"In this distinctive analysis, Bhumitra Chakma examines the history and evolution of SAARC, assesses its prospects from a policy perspective and draws significant implications for international relations theory." Rajesh Basrur, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

“In this superbly researched work, Bhumitra Chakma, in his habitually thorough, creative and scholarly way, reminds us that regionalism, in all its forms, is both the result of non-differentiated globalization and a reaction to it.” Timothy Doyle, University of Adelaide

“Bhumitra Chakma's study of South Asian regionalism should be read by all those interested in the topic. It provides useful insights into what brings countries together in regionalism and what is necessary to make progress.” Leszek Buszynski, Australian National University

Bhumitra Chakma is Senior Lecturer and Director of the South Asia Project at the University of Hull.

Introduction

South Asia’s International Relations: A Historical Overview

The Idea of South Asia as a Region

The Origins of SAARC

The Formative Years: 1980–92

SAARC after 1992: Disagreements and Differences

Beyond SAARC: Sub-Regional and Trans-Regional Cooperation

SAARC and the Limits of Cooperation in South Asia

International Relations Theory and South Asian Regionalism

Conclusion