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Armed Conflicts in South Asia, 2009
Edited by Rekha Chakravarthi

Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2009, likely to be published by the Routledge, examines the major conflicts in South Asia – in India (with special reference to the Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir and Naxalism), 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 essays 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


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