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SAARC at Crossroads: The Fate of Regional Cooperation in South Asia

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury (Author)
Synopsis The birth of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC)in 1985 marked a new beginning for the seven South Asian countries-India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. For the first time, these countries made an institutionalized effort to forge multilateral co-operation among them. But even after twenty years of existence of the SAARC, the leaders years of existence of the SAARC, the leaders of the South Asian countries are usually much more comfortable in dealing with the countries outside the region than they are with themselves, and the past for them remains the present. Therefore, the first twenty years’ experience of this regional organization can hardly put SAARC in the same category of the European Union (EU) or even in that of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). While the latest phase of globalization must have forced the leader of the SAARC countries to rethink their relationship vis-?-vis one another and to work for a free trade region in South Asia, but the turbulent years are yet to be left in mind. But, why could not SAARC succeed when many other regional organizations are reaching new highs? Who were at fault? This book is a humble attempt to find probable answers to these serious questions that have been bothering the people of South Asia for quite some time.
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About the author

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury is an ICSSR Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) She is Ph.D. in International Relations from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Dr. Basu Ray Chaudhury received the Kodikara award from the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo in 1989-99 and worked on The Energy Crisis and Sub-regional Co-operation in South Asia subsequently published as Policy Studies by the RCSS in 2000. She has presented papers in many national and international conferences. She is a regular contributor to the reputed journals in India and abroad. She specializes on regional co-operation, energy politics, partition refugees and violence against women in South Asia.

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Title SAARC at Crossroads: The Fate of Regional Cooperation in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187374462
length xxi+412p., Tables; Figures; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.