Where the implications of war and peace are open to question, the possibility of change depends more on politics than economics. This book asks whether the region's great powers can overcome opposing interests and commit to political restraint. The concept of regional security is based on great power support for regional order. However, there are many pitfalls to consider: notably, the politics of contested nationalisms; the Asia-Pacific rivalry of China and the US; and India's inclinations to function - or be seen - as a benevolent hegemon for the region. Yet there are signs of renewed determination to move the region in new directions. While China's Silk Road projects are long-term regional investments that hinge on regional stability, the US is attempting to fashion new partnerships and India strives to reconcile regional differences to promote a peaceful environment.This book, as it sets out the emerging agendas of the great powers and local powers, makes a significant contribution to a better understanding of the international relations and diplomatic politics of South Asia.
Sten Rynning is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern Denmark where he also heads the Center for War Studies.
‘Sten Rynning has assembled some of the globe’s most distinguished and knowledgeable experts to unpack the crucial links between great power competition and regional security dynamics in South Asia. This is a sharply informative expose of a crucial region’s politics, but, more than that, it is a window on the emerging workings of a changing international system. A signal contribution.’ - William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
‘For anyone interested in the prospects for peace in South Asia, this book is a terrific starting point. Sten Rynning -- and the country and regional experts he has assembled -- do a fine job of describing the complexities and dangers facing the area as the American-led war in Afghanistan comes to an end. Although their hope is that the great powers will exercise mutual restraint and work to produce a stable order in South Asia, they provide much evidence to doubt that will happen.’ - John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
‘Combining analyses from security studies scholars and regional experts, this volume deftly explores the legacies of the Afghanistan war for South Asian security and the prospects for regional cooperation and security. A most timely and essential read.’ - Professor Theo Farrell, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London
‘A needed and timely volume with contributions from experts in the field, Sten Rynning’s book offers unique insights into the rapid reconfiguration of regional security in South Asia. The book drives home the imperative to differentiate among our key relationships as the new geostrategic contours of the region come into view. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the growing importance of South Asia to global security.’ - Andrew A. Michta, author of The Limits of Alliance
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Lib of International Relations Hardback
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2017
Number of Pages: 320
Illustrations: 7 black and white illustrations