Book Details

Book title: Strengthening SAARC Exploring Vistas from Expanded Cooperation
Author(s): Saurabh & B C Upreti
ISBN: 9788182745834
Publication Year: 2012
Binding: HB
Pages: 296
Price: Rs. 995 Rs. 995
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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 nation of human security. Thus, the importance of non-military and diplomatic methods in tackling security problem 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 of 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.

ABOUT Author


Dr Saurabh, PhD, is Research Fellow at Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He worked as a senior Lecturer in Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Muzaffarpur and at present on lien. His research  expertise includes: human security, development issues and foreign policy with the focus on South Asia, especially Nepal and Bangladesh. He has written books on Human Security and Development. He edited the first Sapru House Papers of ICWA and a book on Constitutional Evolution in Nepal. He is a recipient of UGC-NET award in the areas of (a) Political Science, (b) South Asian Studies, and (c) Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies. He has presented many papers at national and international conferences in India and abroad. He has contributed for various websites, journals, magazines and newspapers. He received his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University ,New Delhi. Currently, he is working on human security and foreign policy issues in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Prof. B C Upreti is a senior member of the faculty of South Asia Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He is engaged in teaching and research in South Asian Affairs for the last thirty two years. He has published more than hundred articles in leading journals and edited books. He also contributed  in hundreds of seminars and conferences. Apart this, he also contributes regularly in various newspapers and magazines. There are thirty two authored, edited and co-edited books to his credit. At present, he is the Director of South Asia Studies Centre, Jaipur.

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