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Sub-Regionalism in South Asia: A Case Study of the Bangladesh–Bhutan–Nepal–India Motor Vehicles Agreement

January 2017

This article has two parts. The first part aims at analysing why nations are increasingly going beyond their multilateral and regional moorings to secure and advance their national interests. In doing so, why and how do they indulge in sub-regional engagements? It has been empirically seen across the board in almost every part of the world that sub-regional growth initiatives play a significant role in regional integration.

BBIN-MVA: Pushing Regional Integration through Sub-regional Cooperation

June 19, 2015
BBIN-MVA: Pushing Regional Integration through Sub-regional Cooperation

The BBIN-MVA would enable seamless sub-regional connectivity, deeper integration on economic issues and people-to-people contact between the four counties.

Stability and Growth in South Asia

Stability and Growth in South Asia

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-748-7
Price: Rs.995/-
This book examines the forces and processes which have led to relative political stability or unleashed trends in that direction in some countries of South Asia. It also delves into the factors that have stimulated economic growth in some countries, and impeded economic growth in others. Eminent authors from the region examine how far the positive political and economic trends in the region are irreversible or lend themselves to internal convulsions or external influences. There is also a focus on how far inter-state relations within the region have led to stronger intra-regional co-operation, particularly in the economic field.
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Chinese Inroads into Bhutan: Diplomatic Gimmick or Strategic Reality?

August 14, 2012

The question of Sino-Bhutan diplomatic relations, which is essentially linked to a settled boundary line between the two countries, is a matter of strategic choice for Bhutan.

Gross National Happiness in Bhutan: A Policy in Making

March 15, 2012

India should thus take a regional lead to push Bhutan’s idea of ecological preservation forward, an action which will further generate goodwill and understanding between the two countries.

Bhutan's Foreign Policy Determinants: An Assessment

January 2012

This article assesses the shifting preferences of Bhutan towards the foreign policy determinants. Three determinants (national security, political culture and economic engagement) have been studied as they play a significant role in shaping Bhutan's policy behaviour. These determinants have been analysed with respect to India, Nepal and China, three countries that have been of critical interest to Bhutan's foreign policy.

The Terror Challenge In South Asia and Prospect of Regional Cooperation

The Terror Challenge In South Asia and Prospect of Regional Cooperation

Publisher: Pentagon Security International
ISBN: 978-81-8274-599-5
Price: Rs. 695/-
This book is an attempt to study the problem of terrorism in South Asia, which has often been perceived as its hub. The contributors to the volume belonging to South Asian region have provided valuable insights on the issue of terrorism and have also suggested measures to deal with the problem. They consider terrorism as a phenomenon that has been harmful to society, economy and polity of the South Asian nations. At the same time, they also point out that there should not be over-emphasis on the use of force. In fact, a calibrated use of force is likely to be more effective.
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Bhutan 2010: Foreign Policy Developments

December 30, 2010

Security and development cooperation have become the twin pillars of the India-Bhutan relationship.

South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future

South Asia: Envisioning a Regional Future

Publisher: Pentagon Security International(2010)
ISBN: 978-81-8274-497-4
Rs. 895
This volume includes a collection of papers contributed by eminent scholars and analysts from the South Asian region on how they visualise South Asia a decade hence. It is recognised that the region suffers from several constraints that has made common challenges difficult to address; nevertheless, there is an optimism that the region will move forward steadily albeit slowly, to evolve a common agenda, and shape a regional identity that would form the bedrock of any cooperative endeavour.

Political Culture in Bhutan: A Lost Narrative

September 07, 2010

Creating levers of influence and pursuing a pro-active engagement with Bhutan’s decision-makers is the most effective way of shaping political will to engage the Bhutanese establishment over the issue of refugee repatriation.