In pursuit of integration: Is south Asia unfit for regionalism?

Fernando, Srimal and Jha, Pankaj (2020) In pursuit of integration: Is south Asia unfit for regionalism? Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 45 (3-4). pp. 260-287. ISSN 0278839X

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The establishment of regional groupings has become increasingly common, especially amongst developing countries. The formation of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 1985 ushered in the era of institutionalized regionalism in South Asia. However, as a regional institution the SAARC has yet to fully achieve its objectives after three decades of its establishment. This raises the question: why has regionalism in the South Asian region under the SAARC framework failed to deliver substantial achievements? A secondary question arises: how can the SAARC cope with the changing dynamics of the region? In this paper, we will address both questions relying on interviews with informed individuals as well as documentary evidence from primary and secondary sources.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: India | Pakistan | Bangladesh | Nepal | Sri Lanka | Maldives | Bhutan | Afghanistan | Regionalism | SAARC |South Asia | Regional Cooperation | Regional Integration | Supranationalism
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > International Relations
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of International Affairs
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2021 06:12
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2022 08:59
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