South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance

South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance

South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance

South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance

Synopsis

One in five of the world's population live in the countries of South Asia (covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). This region faces many problems regarding economic development, environmental protection, food and water security, governance and human rights, health issues including the rise of HIV/AIDS, inter-state and internal conflicts, international terrorism and nuclear proliferation. This volume contains a number of papers, based on contributions to an international conference held in Tokyo, in May 2002, which consider the implications of these complex issues for the role of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security and to promote socio-economic development in this divided region.

Excerpt

In May 2002, the United Nations University in Tokyo was the venue for an important gathering of scholars and practitioners to discuss the significance of South Asia in the emerging international constellation. the papers that were presented are now available for a wider audience in this collection edited by Ramesh Thakur and Oddny Wiggen. the book makes a strong and compelling case why this region deserves serious attention by analysts and policy makers concerned with issues of global security.

It is true that over the years there has been an intermittent focus on the ongoing Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir, made more perilous by the possession of nuclear weapons. and certainly the attacks of 11 September 2001 brought the region onto centre stage with the us intervention into Afghanistan to hunt down al-Qaida and to destroy the Taliban regime that gave them sanctuary. Since that time the counter-terrorism campaign has been a dominant factor in the politics of South Asia. But, as the authors in this book make clear, there is a much broader security agenda at stake, which calls for a more comprehensive and intensive involvement of the international community. Whether it be the sheer scope of poverty amongst its population, the burgeoning conflicts and tensions of civil insurgency, the sourcing of drugs and various forms of criminal activity, the degradation of the environment, the abuse of child labour, the mistreatment of women, or the large numbers of refugees, this region is a cauldron of “human” insecurities that not only plague those who live . . .

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