South Asia and the War on Terrorism: Analysing the Implications of 11 September

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Dipankar Banerjee, Gert W. Kueck
India Research Press, 2003 - History - 242 pages
The short- and long-term consequences of terrorism on modern-day South Asia, a hotbed of terrorist activities and operations, are explored in this study. Presented from a regional perspective, this analysis surveys the immediate economic impact of the terrorist acts as well as their direct and indirect links to current political situations. Among the issues discussed are the dramatic shortfalls in apparel exports, international investments, and tourism; the intensified war on terror in Jammu and Kashmir; the resurgence of internal violence in Nepal; and the beginning of a fragile peace in Sri Lanka.

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Terrorism & Invisible Balance of Power
By Imran Farooqi
In his book, “Invisible Balance of Power, US vs Islamic Militants: Dangerous Shift in International Relations”, published in 2005, Sajjad
Shaukat has taken present ‘different war’ as an interaction of ‘state terrorism’ led by the United States and the ‘group terrorism’ by the Al Qaeda or Islamic militants. It is notable that a number of authors have written books about the 9/11 tragedy, but ground realities developed in accordance with the book. After seeing the main title, some people think that the book is against the US or its western allies, but without any prejudice, he has discussed both the sovereign and non-sovereign entities on parallel lines in this research-based book. On the one hand, he has pointed out Al Qaeda’s ambush attacks, targeted killings, beheadings etc., while on the other, he has mentioned special operations by the US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and CIA-tortures cells in various Islamic countries. In this regard, missile strikes by the drones on Pakistan’s tribal areas and elsewhere amounts to state terrorism, which are being responded by the internal backlash…suicide attacks and hostage-takings by the Muslim radicals. Shaukat has proved that both the warring parties kill innocent civilians through ruthless terror.
Giving a number of references of the power-theorists like Machiavelli, Hobbes, Morgentahu etc. Shaukat has written that power factor or use of force has failed in this different war which took origin from the privileged and unprivileged status quo led by the most developed states and the less developed countries respectively.
Besides, Shaukat has introduced new ideas about the issues relating to the Islamic ideology, Jehad, liberalism, Western world, terrorism, causes of suicide attacks etc.
Particularly, future observations of the author like a prolonged war, failure of military paradigm by the state actors in coping with the non-state actors, increase in US cost of war, rise of more terrorism, unsuccessful mission of NATO in Afghanistan, plane plot in UK, international financial crisis, warlike situation between America and Iran, Syria and Israel including other developments have proved correct.
Shaukat also gave positive suggestions to the US, but President Obama did not act upon them. Therefore war on terror has resulted into more implications as already predicted by the author. For example, he elaborated that Al Qaeda fighters have been creating economic instability in the world through their subversive acts, giving a blow to the larger economies of the US and the developed nations.
The book indicates that realism (power factor) must be reconciled with idealism, which is essential for world peace and geo-political interests of the US-led developed countries and those of the small countries by reforming the system of the UN.
It is due to the present scenario of war against terrorism—which already pointed out by the author that the publisher reprinted the book after seven years.
Main Title: Invisible Balance of Power
Author: Sajjad Shaukat -ISBN, 9690019589
Published by: Ferozsons, 60 Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam, Lahore, Pakistan
Date of Publication: 2005
Pages: 245
Price: Rs. 495
Reprinted in 2013, Price: Rs. 595
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Dipankar Banerjee is the editor of SAARC in the Twenty-First Century, Security Studies in South Asia, Shaping the Future, Small Arms and Human Security, Small Arms and Light Weapons Proliferation, and South Asia at Gun Point. He is the executive director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies–Colombo and has served as an advisor to the ICRD in Geneva and as a consultant to the UN Conventional Arms Register Group of Government Experts. Gert W. Kueck is the resident representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a German nonprofit association, and was formerly a consultant to various corporations and the United Nations.

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