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Strengthening SAARC: Exploring Vistas for Expanded Cooperation

Saurabh . (Editor) B.C. Upreti (Editor)

In the post-cold war era, there is a serious rethinking on the concept of the security. Nations have started putting greater emphasis on the multi-dimensional character of security. There is a sharp transformation of the concept from a narrow state centric approach to a comprehensive security paradigm, based on the notion of human security. Thus, the importance of non-military and diplomatic methods in tackling security problems has increased. Problems of internal security including armed separatist movement and domestic ethnic strife, destructive consequences of drug trafficking particularly in developing countries have altered the security environment. The issues like social conflicts, food scarcity, underdevelopment, deprivation, poverty, civil war, climate change, energy crisis, non-participatory governance, etc have become major challenges to human security. The rate of financial growth is overcrowding the planet, adding to the enormous pressures on the diminishing non-renewable resources. This growth, at the root of much of global poverty, international migration and environmental degradation are unprecedented. This does not mean to suggest that the traditional security threats have become irrelevant. But the non-traditional security concerns have gained much prominence in the present context.

This book focuses upon a number of non-traditional security issues that the South Asian countries are facing with such as, governance, ethnicity, problem of refugees, migrations, gender, food scarcity, health hazards, environment, energy and external factors. The book tries to find out the role of SAARC in this regard and focus to bring out a regional approach to security in South Asia. It is hoped that the book will be useful to the students, academicians of South Asian affairs and for the concerned policy makers.

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About the author

B.C. Upreti

B.C. Upreti is a senior faculty member in the South Asia Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.  He is associated with the studies on Nepal for last three decades.  He has written extensively on South Asia in general and Nepal in particular.  Dr. Upreti has nearly two-dozen books to his credit and has also contributed nearly 80 research papers in different edited books and leading national and international journals.  Apart from his studies on Nepal, he has also taken interest on the studies on Bhutan and Uttarakhand.  The major thrust areas of his research are: Foreign Assistance; Developmental Issues and Challenges; Water Resources; Inter-State Migrations; Regional Security; Electoral Politics; Regional and Sub-Regional Cooperation in South Asia.

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Title Strengthening SAARC: Exploring Vistas for Expanded Cooperation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.07.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pentagon Press
Language: English
isbn 9788182745834
length xiv+282p., Illustrations; Figures; Tables; Maps; 24cm.