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In recent years the world’s focus on South Asia has increased dramatically. With the events of 9/11, the detonation of atomic weapons by both India and Pakistan, the discovery of an illicit nuclear proliferation network based in Islamabad, regime change in an unstable Afghanistan, and the rise of India as an economic power, global interest in the region has reached perhaps an all-time high. Leading experts analyze the key strategic, political, and economic issues touching on South Asia and its role in the world in the essays that make up this inaugural volume in the Current History Books Series.
Focusing on modern South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, this authoritative volume provides an overview of the events and trends that have rocked this increasingly volatile region over the past decade. Edited and with an introduction by Sumit Ganguly, a leading expert on the region, this volume provides a critical introduction to South Asia. South Asia also contains current maps as well as a “Recent Chronology of Events” that provides a decade’s worth of information on the region, organized by year and by country. This timely and comprehensive collection of essays provides a definitive account of modern South Asia.
Bill Finan Editor,Current History
Part I: Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security
1. India: The Nuclear Politics of Self-Esteem
2. The (Nuclear) Testing of Pakistan
3. Toward Nuclear Rollback in South Asia
Part II: Ethnic Conflict and Violence
4. Afghanistan’s Civil War
5. The Kashmir Conflict
6. An Opportunity for Peace in Kashmir?
7.Sri Lanka’s Civil War
8. Making Peace in Sri Lanka
9. Why Peace Won’t Come to Kashmir
10. Rebuilding Afghanistan
11. A Blueprint for Afghanistan
Part III: Economic Liberalization
12. India’s Economic Liberalization: The Elephant Comes of Age
13. Reforming India’s Economy in an Era of Global Change
14. India’s Economic Liberalization: A Progress Report
Part IV: Democratization
15. Bangladesh: Can Democracy Survive?
16. Pakistan at Fifty: A Tenuous Democracy
17. India’s Vision—and the BJP’s
18. Pakistan’s Coup: Planting the Seeds of Democracy?
Chronology of Recent Events
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