South Asia in World Politics

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Devin T. Hagerty
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Political Science - 312 pages
South Asia in World Politics offers a comprehensive introduction to the politics and international relations of South Asia, a key area encompassing the states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. While U.S. interest has long been sporadic and reactive, 9/11 alerted Washington that paying only fitful attention to one of the world's most volatile and populous regions was a recipe for everyday instability, repeated international crises, major and minor wars, and conditions so chronically unsettled that they continue to provide a fertile breeding ground for transnational Islamic terrorism. Exploring the many facets of this dynamic region, the book also assesses U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and explains the importance of Bangladesh and Pakistan, two of only a handful of Islamic states with significant track records as democracies.
 

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Contents

Indias Foreign Relations
11
Pakistans Foreign Relations
49
Bangladeshs Foreign Relations
71
South Asias Small States in World Politics
89
The Reconstitution and Reconstruction of Afghanistan
113
GreatPower Foreign Policies in South Asia
135
International Issue Areas
159
Kashmir and IndiaPakistan Nuclear Issues
161
International Dimensions of Ethnic Conflict
187
Religion and Politics
213
Democratization and Development
231
Globalization and Economic Liberalization
257
The War on Terrorism Implications for South Asia
281
Index
301
About the Contributors
309
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Page xii - The policy of His Majesty's Government, with which the Government of India are in complete accord, is that of the increasing association of Indians in every branch of the administration and the gradual development of self-governing institutions with a view to the progressive realization of responsible government in India as an integral part of the British Empire.

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Devin T. Hagerty is assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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