Book title: Climate Change and the Bay of Bengal: Envolving Geographies of Fear and Hope
Author(s): Sanjay Chaturvedi, Vijay Sakhuja
ISBN: 9788182748729
Publication Year: 2016
Binding: HB
Pages: 252
Price: Rs. 995
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About the Book:

Climate Change and the Bay of Bengal argues that in the era of climate change radically different understandings of security and sovereignty are at work. It questions the geopolitics of fear and the manner in which metanarratives of climate change tend to privilege the “global” and “national” scales over other scales, especially the regional and the local. The authors argue in favour of a new imagination of the Bay of Bengal space as a semi-enclosed sea, embedded in a large marine ecosystem, under the relevant provisions of the UNCLOS that impose various obligations upon its signatories to cooperate at a regional level. Such an imagination, anchored in geographies of hope, should not remain confined to official domains and discourses but become a part of popular socio- spatial consciousness through a regional public diplomacy reaching out to the grassroots level. A Bay of Bengal regional seas programme, under the auspices of UNEP, should be conceptualized and operationalized in a manner that explicitly factors in climate change consequences into the existing understandings and approaches to environmental-human security in the region.      




About the Author:

Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi is Professor of Political Science at the Center for the Study of Geopolitics, and Honorary Director, Centre for the Study of Mid-West and Central Asia, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He specializes in the theory and practices of Geopolitics; with special reference to Polar Regions and the Indian Ocean Region. His current area of research is geopolitics of climate change. He is the founding Vice-Chairman of Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) and co-editor of its flagship journal, Journal of Indian Ocean Region (Routledge). He is also the Regional Editor of the Polar Journal (Routledge) and a member of the international advisory board of the Journal of Borderland Studies (Routledge).

Dr Vijay Sakhuja is the Director of National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi.  He is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), Singapore since 2006.

Sakhuja has been on the research faculty of various think-tanks in India. Sakhuja,s research areas include politico-strategic developments in the Indo-Pacific region, climate change, Arctic security , and maritime and naval developments.

Sakhuja is the editor of Maritime Affairs (Taylor and Francis), on the international editorial board of Journal of Indian Ocean Region and member of the Executive Council of the Centre for Ocean and Environmental Studies, New Delhi.      


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