South Asia In World Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

South Asia in World Politics offers a comprehensive introduction to the politics and international relations of South Asia, a key area encompassing the states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. While U.S. interest has long been sporadic and reactive, 9/11 alerted Washington that paying only fitful attention to one of the world's most volatile and populous regions was a recipe for everyday instability, repeated international crises, major and minor wars, and conditions so chronically unsettled that they continue to provide a fertile breeding ground for transnational Islamic terrorism. Exploring the many facets of this dynamic region, the book also assesses U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and explains the importance of Bangladesh and Pakistan, two of only a handful of Islamic states with significant track records as democracies.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
When colonialism collapsed in the wake of World War II, South Asia was seen as the leader in the development of what was called the Third World. In recent years, however, the region has not received the scholarly attention that it deserves. This first-rate symposium of scholars and former government officials goes far toward filling the gap by focusing on the international relations (and domestic developments, where relevant) of the South Asian states. Although the clashes over Kashmir and the war that produced Bangladesh are duly analyzed, the authors also give significant attention to the politics of Nepal, Bhutan, and Afghanistan and to the sea states of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The initial chapters begin by surveying the foreign policies of individual states and are followed by examinations of specific issue areas, including nuclear developments, ethnic conflicts, religion and politics, democratization, and the effects of globalization and economic liberalization. The book also contains an excellent chronology, running from 1858 and the start of direct British rule to the complex developments of the 1990s.
Choice
This well-written introductory volume on South Asia, whose text is buttressed with a useful historical chronology and notes, will guide the interested reader to more extensive discussions of topics covered....Highly recommended.
Foreign Affairs
In recent years, [South Asia] has not received the scholarly attention that it deserves. This first-rate [volume] goes far toward filling the gap by focusing on the international relations (and domestic developments, where relevant) of the South Asian states.
Sumit Ganguly
This text addresses a vitally important lacuna in the literature on the international relations of South Asia, a critical but oft-neglected region. An excellent set of scholars offers cogent, timely, and well-drafted chapters on every aspect of regional relations.
CHOICE
This well-written introductory volume on South Asia, whose text is buttressed with a useful historical chronology and notes, will guide the interested reader to more extensive discussions of topics covered....Highly recommended.
From the Publisher
The initial chapters begin by surveying the foreign policies of individual states and are followed by examinations of specific issue areas, including nuclear developments, ethnic conflicts, religion and politics, democratization, and the effects of globalization and economic liberalization. The book also contains an excellent chronology, running from 1858 and the start of direct British rule to the complex developments of the 1990's.
Stephen P. Cohen
South Asia's new relevance to the twin scourges of nuclear proliferation and terrorism are comprehensively addressed in this remarkable new text, but so are the region's positive features: the expansion of democracy, the management of incredible ethnic diversity, and the rapid economic growth of its most important state, India. This volume will be of enormous value to students and academics seeking an introduction to this hitherto ignored region—senior policymakers would benefit as well from the wisdom to be found in these pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742525870
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Asia in World Politics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,311,032
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Devin T. Hagerty is assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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Table of Contents

South Asia chronology
Introduction : South Asia in world politics 1
1 India's foreign relations 11
2 Pakistan's foreign relations 49
3 Bangladesh's foreign relations 71
4 South Asia's small states in world politics 89
5 The reconstitution and reconstruction of Afghanistan 113
6 Great-power foreign policies in South Asia 135
7 Kashmir and India-Pakistan nuclear issues 161
8 International dimensions of ethnic conflict 187
9 Religion and politics 213
10 Democratization and development 231
11 Globalization and economic liberalization 257
12 The war on terrorism : implications for South Asia 281
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