International Relations and Politics of South Asia

South Asia has been in the news a lot recently because of the global war on terror and its focus on the AF-PAK region and also because of India's rise as a major economic power. South Asia consists of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives. Although the region consists of so many countries, India, is most certainly the most dominant force in the region. Living in a globalised era of interconnectedness, one can no longer afford to ignore powers like India and China which are increasingly asserting themselves both regionally as well as on the global stage.

This module introduces to students the politics, international relations, economics and key security issues of the Indian subcontinent.
• Why is it becoming increasingly important to have an understanding of the politics and culture of southern Asia?
• What are the key security concerns of the region?
• How did British rule impact on the region's development?
• How has India treated its contested borderland regions from 1947 till recent times?
• What are the current economic challenges that India and other south Asian countries face?
• Is it possible to establish a security community in South Asia?

The module has been designed to give students an understanding of the key issues in South Asian politics and international relations. The course will be carried out through lectures and seminars, where students are expected to contribute to academic discussions.

Select Bibliography:

S.Dutt, India in a Globalised World, MUP, 2006.
S.Dutt and A.Bansal eds, South Asian Security: 21st Century Discourses, London, Routledge, 2012
M.A.Qadeer,Pakistan: Social and Cultural Transformations in a Muslim Nation, Routledge.
J.Malik, Madrasas in South Asia: Teaching Terror?, Routledge.
A.Riaz, Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: A Complex Web, Routledge.
K.Dash, Regionalism in South Asia, Routledge.
J.Alamgir, India's Open Economy Policy, Routledge.
A.Bandarage, The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka, Routledge.
S.Hangen, The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Nepal, Routledge.