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Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2008: Growing Violence

D Suba Chandran and PR Chari (eds.)

About the Book

This book examines the major armed conflicts in South Asia — in India (with special reference to the Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir and the Naxalites), Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Designed as an annual series, the articles cover a set of issues across volumes. Each article provides a brief historical sketch of the emergence of armed conflict and outlines its various phases. The roles, objectives and strategies of the major state, non-state and international actors are critically evaluated.

South Asia is perhaps the most violent, as well as the poorest region in the world, characterized as it is by ethno-political and religious-communal violence. The book examines the major armed conflicts in South Asia-in India )with special reference to the Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir and the Naxalites), Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The articles study conflict management, look at the direction the armed conflict is lively to take and provide a set of alternative measures that could be pursued by the actors. Issues such as India's geo-strategic importance and its common borders with its neighbours, the psychological and economic costs of violence and the problem of refugee migrants and discussed, the future of failed and failing states being a main point of concern. The book is an annual, covering and updating a set of issues across volumes.

Table of Contents

1. Armed Conflicts in South Asia: An Overview 
P. R. Chari

2. Afghanistan: Continuing Violence
Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

3. Pakistan: The Sectarian Conflict
Kanchan Lakshman

4. Pakistan: The War of Tribes
D. Suba Chandran

5. J&K: From Militancy to Jihad?
Kavita Suri & D. Suba Chandran

6. The Naxal Conflict in India
Mallika A. Joseph & Devyani Srivasatava

7. Northeast: Islands of Peace and Ocean of Conflict
Bibhu Prasad Routray

8. Bangladesh: Islamic Militancy and the Rise of Religious Right
Smruti S. Pattanaik

9. Nepal: State in Dilemma
P. G. Rajamohan

10. Sri Lanka: Thumbs Up to Violence: Thumbs Down to Peace
N. Manoharan

About the Editors
D. Suba Chandran is Deputy Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. His primary area of research includes Pakistan’s internal security, in particular Balochistan, FATA and Northern Areas. He also works on Kashmir, terrorism, particularly Suicide Terrorism.

P. R. Chari is currently Research Professor, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. He is a former member of the Indian Administrative Service (1960 batch/Madhya Pradesh cadre). He served in several senior positions in the Central and State Governments, and sought voluntary retirement in 1992 after 32 years in the government. He was Director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi (1975–80), International Fellow, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University (1983–84), Visiting Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998), and his books include Security and Governance in South Asia (Manohar, 2001).

New Delhi: Routledge, 2008

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