SAARC: origin, growth, and future
South Asia consists of states with divergent political systems and perceptions and yet with social, cultural and ethnic affinities. While good neighbourly relations among the main actors of the region have been elusive, still the desire for collective self-reliance and development has brought these states together and though belatedly, resulted in the evolution of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). The success and failure of SAARC depends on various complex factors, both internal and external, governing the intra-regional relations of South Asia. In fact a proper understanding of SAARC, its evolution, its past track record and its future prospects is possible only when the whole gamut of relations are studied in their proper perspective. This book is a modest and sincere effort to asses the role performance and future prospects of the ambitious regional organization.
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SAARC Genesis of the Organization
A Profile of the Region
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achieving agreement areas of cooperation arms ASEAN Asian Regional Cooperation Asian Survey attitudes Begum Khaleda Zia Bhutan bilateral problems bilateral relations British Chakma Charter China Colombo cooperation in South crisis cultural decades Delhi democracy democratic developing countries Dhaka Dhaka Summit diversity dominated economic ethnic evolution of SAARC external fact factors foreign policy Gandhi global groups Hindu historical Ibid important India and Pakistan India-Pakistan Indian Ocean Indian sub-continent Indo-Pak relations Indophobia influence integration interests intra-regional relations IPKF Islamabad Islamic issues Kashmir Kathmandu LTTE major powers Maldives meeting member countries members of SAARC Michael Brecher military movement Muslim Nepal non-alignment nuclear past peace political system postures Prime Minister programmes progress prospects Rajiv Gandhi regional organization relations between India religion religious SAARC Shimla Agreement social South Asia South Asian countries South Asian region Soviet Union Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Government strategic superpowers Tamil tensions trade Treaty various