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Regional Integration in South Asia

Regional Integration in South Asia
Trends, Challenges and Prospects

by Mohammad A Razzaque,Yurendra Basnett

  • Publisher : Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Release : 2014
  • Pages : 517
  • ISBN : 1849291225
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Regional Integration in South Asia: Trends, Challenges and Prospects presents an objective assessment of trade and economic co-operation among South Asian nations and highlights policy issues to foster regional integration. The analyses presented in this volume go beyond the usual discussions on trade-in-goods to provide insightful perspectives on potential new areas of co-operation, emerging challenges, and country-specific views on regional and bilateral trade co-operation issues. Written by influential analysts and researchers, the volume’s 24 chapters include perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and examinations of new areas of co-operation such as investment, regional supply chains, energy and cross-border transport networks.

Regionalism in South Asia

Regionalism in South Asia
Negotiating Cooperation, Institutional Structures

by Kishore C. Dash

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2008-02-19
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1134084536
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The dramatic surge in regional integration schemes over the past two decades has been one of the most important developments in world politics. Virtually all countries are now members of at least one regional grouping. South Asia is no exception to this trend. In December 1985, seven South Asian countries came together to establish South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to address issues of peace and development in the region. This book examines regionalism in South Asia, exploring the linkages between institutional structures, government capabilities, and domestic actors’ preferences to explain the dynamics of regional cooperation. It considers the formation and evolution of SAARC, explaining why its growth in terms of institutional developments and program implementation has remained modest and slow over the past two decades. It also addresses the impact of important issues such as the acquisition of nuclear capabilities by India and Pakistan, the unending conflicts in Kashmir, the war against global terror in Afghanistan, and India’s growing economy. Drawing on a wealth of empirical research, including elite interviews and trade transaction data, this book sheds new light on the main cooperation issues in South Asia today and provides important information on the trends and prospects for regional cooperation in future years.

Regionalism and Regional Security in South Asia

Regionalism and Regional Security in South Asia
The Role of SAARC

by Zahid Shahab Ahmed

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-04-08
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN : 1317069005
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Zahid Shahab Ahmed evaluates the progress of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). This study goes beyond economic integration to present a detailed appraisal of cooperation under the overarching themes of economic cooperation, environmental security, human welfare, and cooperation in security matters. According to the author, SAARC is making progress in addressing the myriad of issues on its agenda. The transition from agreements to actions and frequent interactions among the member states has boosted confidence. The progress of SAARC is more evident in the less controversial areas of human security, such as poverty alleviation, health and safety, human resources development, and higher education. Notwithstanding enthusiastic commitments reflected in agreements and action plans, there is a gulf between rhetoric and implementation most notably in sensitive areas relating to traditional security. In the light of the findings of this study, the author proposes that greater cooperation in common human security areas has a potential to pave the way for a cooperation on issues of a ’contentious’ nature, particularly terrorism.

Regional Integration and Economic Development in South Asia

Regional Integration and Economic Development in South Asia
A Book

by Sultan Hafeez Rahman,Sridhar Khatri,Hans-Peter Brunner

  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release : 2012-04-01
  • Pages : 424
  • ISBN : 1781005249
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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South Asian leaders have made it a priority to tackle key regional issues such as poverty, environment degradation, trade and investment barriers and food insecurity, among others.

Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia

Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia
A Sri Lankan Perspective

by Dushni Weerakoon

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Southeast Asia

Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Southeast Asia
A Book

by Kripa Sridharan,T. C. A. Srinivasa-Raghavan

  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN : 9812304355
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Provides a comparative sketch of regional cooperation in South and Southeast Asia in the light of various political, economic and social developments in the two regions.

South Asia's Integration Into the World Economy

South Asia's Integration Into the World Economy
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : World Bank Publications
  • Release : 1997-01-01
  • Pages : 115
  • ISBN : 9780821340394
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Latin America, economic policy, Caribbean area, economic stabilization, poverty, government policy.

Asian Economic Cooperation and Integration

Asian Economic Cooperation and Integration
Progress, Prospects, and Challenges

by Asian Development Bank

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Comprised of papers presented at a 2004 conference on Asian integration, this collection of expert views evaluates the current state of economic cooperation in Asia and explores the benefits and challenges of increased integration across the region. With an eye towards globalization and the modern geopolitical landscape, the essays reflect a growing awareness of the interdependence of countries in the region and discuss possible steps to continue the enhancement of intra-Asian relationships more expansively than ever before.

Initiatives of Regional Integration in Asia in Comparative Perspective

Initiatives of Regional Integration in Asia in Comparative Perspective
Concepts, Contents and Prospects

by Howard Loewen,Anja Zorob

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2018-03-12
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN : 9402412115
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This volume offers to compare and explain variances of regionalism in Asia by disclosing the distinctive features of regional arrangements and how they evolved during the 1990s and 2000s against the background of a changing global environment. Moreover, it takes up a genuinely ‘inter-Asian’ perspective. By analysing and comparing diverse manifestations of regional integration agreements across Asia and its different sub-regions, it sets out to track their common characteristics and sub-regional facets with respect to their establishment, design and consequences. In addition, political processes accompanying their negotiation and implementation are scrutinized. The analysis encompasses nine case studies written by renowned scholars who together as a group combine an extraordinary mixture of different disciplinary backgrounds as well as expertise on shapes and processes of regional integration in different parts of Asia. The case studies seize on some of the most important features and controversial issues characterizing the second regionalism. Such are the emergence and impact of overlapping FTAs, regional financial and sub-regional economic integration and cooperation, power and the politics of regional integration as well as the nexus between conflict resolution, state failure and regional integration.

Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia

Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia
Beyond SAFTA

by Sadiq Ahmed,Saman Kelegama,Ejaz Ghani

  • Publisher : SAGE Publications India
  • Release : 2010-02-02
  • Pages : 472
  • ISBN : 8132104978
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Beyond SAFTA examines the distinct development dichotomy that exists in South Asia and tries to find a workable solution to bridge this gap. In spite of rapid economic growth since 1980, there is extensive poverty and inequality in South Asia. This dichotomy has two faces: one is highly urbanized and well-linked to global markets, and the other is rural, isolated from the global economy, and growing very slowly. The large bulk of South Asia's poor live in the latter environment. The book brings together perspectives from academics, the private sector, civil society and policy makers. Using solid empirical evidence and sound analysis, it stresses that in addition to policy and institutional reforms aimed at removing domestic constraints to growth and job creation, market integration and regional cooperation ought to be key elements of a strategy for removing the dichotomy and eliminating poverty in the longer term. Delving into major political economic issues of the SAARC region, the book analyzes SAFTA, bilateral FTAs, transportation, regional integration, regulatory mechanisms, food prices, labor and employment, and tourism. It also provides an analysis of why past cooperation efforts have not worked and how better cooperation can be achieved in specific areas. It looks at the many policy and institutional constraints that contribute to the present state and have made South Asia one of the least integrated regions of the world. The book will be a very useful reference for researchers, scholars and bilateral and multilateral financial institutions and donor groups interested in South Asia's development. Policy makers and think tanks focusing on economics, political science, and international relations will also find it beneficial.

Does South Asia Exist?

Does South Asia Exist?
Prospects for Regional Integration

by Rafiq Dossani,Daniel C. Sneider,Vikram Sood

  • Publisher : Asia Pacific Research Inst for
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN : 9781931368179
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Before 1947, South Asia was for the most part a single state. Multiple states emerged thereafter, and then moved apart politically, culturally, and economically. The resulting interstate tensions are manifest in the countless "negative lists"ùitems that may not be traded, tariffs that must be paid, transport lines that cannot be crossedùthat govern these nations' daily interactions. Intermittent armed conflict in the region only intensifies feelings of distrust. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, interstate relations can be characterized by mutual wariness and circumspection. Failures in development and security cooperation have hurt South Asia, which contains two declared nuclear powers, India and Pakistan. Crossborder human trafficking and terrorism are increasing. Regional trade represents a paltry 5 percent of total trade. Globally, regional integration and prominent regional institutionsùsuch as the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nationsùare gaining ground, but South Asia lags behind. It is almost as if South Asia, as a region, does not exist. Given that South Asia contains India, one of the world's most dynamic, democratic economies, this is an anomaly. As shown in Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere, a "powerhouse" state can be the best guarantor of regional stability and integration. India's recent rise has prompted in some progress in regionalism, but it has been modest to date. More can and must be done to understand regionalism's drivers, benefits, and barriers. Using a comparative perspective, this lively and broad-based volume draws on theories of trade, security, great-power influence, and domestic political theory to examine the prospects for South Asian regionalism. Does South Asia Exist? devotes particular attention to India, the largest power in the region, and analyzes the extent to which it enhances or blocks greater regional integration. As the distinguished contributors reveal with piercing honesty, the question at the heart of this provocative book defies easy answers. Rafiq Dossani is a senior research scholar at Shorenstein APARC and director of the Stanford Center for South Asia. He earlier worked for the Robert Fleming Investment Banking group as CEO of its India operations, and as deputy editor of Business India Weekly. His research interests include security, technology, and educational reform in India. Daniel C. Sneider is the associate director for research of Shorenstein APARC, directing the Center's project on regionalism and nationalism. A former foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and the San Jose Mercury News, Sneider reported from India, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the former Soviet Union. Vikram Sood is vice president of the Centre for International Affairs at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi-based independent think tank that specializes in public policy. He earlier headed the Research and Analysis Wing of India's external intelligence unit, and regularly contributes articles to leading newspapers, journals, and magazines on international security and foreign policy.

Regional Cooperation and Free Trade Agreements in Asia

Regional Cooperation and Free Trade Agreements in Asia
A Book

by Jiaxiang Hu,Matthias Vanhullebusch

  • Publisher : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
  • Release : 2014-09-12
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9004279903
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Regional Coopeartion and FTAs in Asia examines the opportunities and challlenges arising from the proliferation of FTAs in Asia.

Prospects of Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia

Prospects of Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia
With Special Studies on indian Industry

by Gordhan Saini

  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release : 2011-12-07
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN : 1780633300
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book is aimed at researchers and students at graduate and post-graduate level in the field of economics and international trade. The book is written against the backdrop of sluggish progress of multilateral trade negotiations under the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) regime which has provided impetus to the signing of regional/bilateral trade agreements the world over. This book examines the prospects and impact of regional economic cooperation in the South Asia region using various approaches; and focuses specifically on the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA). The book also includes special studies on Indian industries: pharmaceuticals, textiles and clothing, and traditional (i.e. lock, brassware and glassware) industries in north India. Provides a detailed analysis of the prospects and impact of regional economic cooperation in South Asia through alternative approaches Draws on the author’s rich experience in the field of economics and trade to assess the prospects and impact of RTA/FTA Contributions are presented from highly knowledgeable and rich experienced researchers in the field

Regional Cooperation in South Asia

Regional Cooperation in South Asia
Problems & Prospects

by Bimal Prasad

  • Publisher : Stosius Incorporated/Advent Books Division
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 221
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Contributed papers.

Unlocking the Potential of Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in South Asia

Unlocking the Potential of Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in South Asia
Potential, Challenges and the Way forward

by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

  • Publisher : United Nations
  • Release : 2017-04-17
  • Pages : 56
  • ISBN : 9210606299
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This report examines how countries in South Asia could capitalize on opportunities to cooperate for closer regional economic integration, in particular in the four broad areas of trade and market integration, regional connectivity, financial cooperation, and collective actions to address shared risks and vulnerabilities. It reveals that trade barriers, infrastructural deficits and political divergences have cost the sub-region direly in terms of lost opportunities for exports. The report underscores the prospects available for South Asian countries to play a stronger role in broader regionalism in Asia-Pacific as well as discusses the unique role of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in facilitating that process.

The Merits of Regional Cooperation

The Merits of Regional Cooperation
The Case of South Asia

by Siegfried O. Wolf,Paulo Casaca,Anne J. Flanagan,Cátia Rodrigues

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2014-07-08
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN : 3319022342
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book highlights various cutting-edge topics and approaches to cooperation and regional integration in South Asia. Contributions from both South Asian and EU scholars carry the distinctive flavour of differing perspectives, in order to identify possible driving factors for regional cooperation. The book is divided into four parts: Peace and Stability focuses on how to combat terrorism and ideologies of hate, looks at governance in the context of cultural diversity, and examines the role of education in achieving traditional and human security; Economic Cooperation deals with potential EU-India trade relations as well as the issue of how to transform the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) into an effective and coherent economic space; Efficient Use of Resources analyses how the region can achieve more development; EU-South Asia relations elaborates on potential areas of cooperation between the two regions.

Institutionalizing East Asia

Institutionalizing East Asia
Mapping and Reconfiguring Regional Cooperation

by Alice D. Ba,Cheng-Chwee Kuik,Sueo Sudo

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-03-10
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN : 1317484983
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Institutional activities have remarkably transformed East Asia, a region once known for the absence of regionalism and regime-building efforts. Yet the dynamics of this Asian institutionalization have remained an understudied area of research. This book offers one of the first scholarly attempts to clarify what constitutes institutionalization in East Asia and to systematically trace the origins, discern the features, and analyze the prospects of ongoing institutionalization processes in the world’s most dynamic region. Institutionalizing East Asia comprises eight essays, grouped thematically into three sections. Part I considers East and Southeast Asia as focal points of inter-state exchanges and traces the institutionalization of inter-state cooperation first among the Southeast Asian states and then among those of the wider East Asia. Part II examines the institutionalization of regional collaboration in four domains: economy, security, natural disaster relief, and ethnic conflict management. Part III discusses the institutionalization dynamics at the sub-regional and inter-regional levels. The essays in this book offer a useful source of reference for scholars and researchers specializing in East Asia, regional architecture, and institution-building in international relations. They will also be of interest to postgraduate and research students interested in ASEAN, the drivers and limits of international cooperation, as well as the role of regional multilateralism in the Asia-Pacific region.

Regional Integration and Foreign Direct Investment

Regional Integration and Foreign Direct Investment
A Book

by Centre for Economic Policy Research (Great Britain),National Bureau of Economic Research

  • Publisher : World Bank Publications
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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South Asia in the New Decade

South Asia in the New Decade
Challenges and Prospects

by Amitendu Palit,Gloria Spittel

  • Publisher : World Scientific
  • Release : 2012-08-29
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 9814401064
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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At the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium, South Asia has emerged as a key regional variable in the contemporary global order. The last decade saw the region experiencing a robust phase of economic growth and development. Over time, South Asia's economic progress is expected to accelerate, given its favourable demography and strategic location. The prospects of faster economic growth and development, however, will materialize depending upon the region's success in handling various challenges including security, climate change, political instability and ethnic strife. It is in this context that the Sixth International Conference on South Asia brought together academics and policy specialists to provide insights and contribute to an understanding of the challenges and prospects facing the region in the new decade. This volume is a collection of the papers presented at the Conference and assembles a large and diverse set of viewpoints and perceptions on the region.

Regional Connection under the Belt and Road Initiative

Regional Connection under the Belt and Road Initiative
The Prospects for Economic and Financial Cooperation

by Fanny M. Cheung,Ying-yi Hong

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2018-10-26
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 0429883838
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is intended to radically increase investment and integration along a series of land and maritime routes. As the initiative involves more than 100 countries or international organizations and huge amounts of infrastructure construction, cooperation between many different markets is essential to its success. Cheung and Hong have edited a collection of essays that, between them, examine a range of practical issues facing the BRI and how those issues are being addressed in a range of countries. Such challenges include managing financing and investment, ensuring infrastructure connectivity, and handling the necessary e-commerce and physical logistics. Emphasizing the role of Hong Kong as an intermediary and enabler in the process, this book attempts to tackle the key practical challenges facing the BRI and anticipate how these challenges will affect the initiative’s further development. The book provides a holistic and international approach to understanding the implementation of the BRI and its implications for the future economic integration of this huge region. Chapter 5 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tandfbis/rt-files/docs/Open+Access+Chapters/9780429467172_oachapter5.pdf