Development of Regionalism In South Asia
This book is a modest attempt to trace the history of regionalism at international level and to bring out its importance. After given a short description of the regional arrangements all over the world, the book focuses on South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and the regional organization representing it, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation i.e. SAARC. The book focuses on SAARC, its origin and organization and also gives a detailed description of all the Declarations of SAARC Summit so that for further research these original documents could be made available in texts. The author has given special emphasis to the Social Charter of SAARC and has tried to bring out its importance. The book gives an account of the problems of SAARC and South Asia. This book concludes with some hope and future prospects of regional cooperation and economic integration.
Author: Shveta Dhaliwal has done her Master’s in Political Science in 2000 and Master’s in English in 2002 from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. She is UGC (NET) qualified in Political Science and has also qualified in Political Science and has also done her M Phil in International Relations from Himachal Pradesh University in 2006. She is presently doing her inter-disciplinary Doctorate in Regional Human Rights Mechanism in South Asia: A Politico – Legal Perspective. She has a number of research paper to her credit. She has gained a lot from her participations in International and National Conferences and Seminars. She has been actively involved in teaching for the last ten years. She was selected by the Human Resource Development Ministry of India for the interview for PhD Scholarship in Commonwealth, UK, twice, in the year 2007 and 2008. Her area of interest is South Asia and Human Rights.
Acknowledgement : VII Foreword IX Preface XI 1. EVOLUTION OF REGIONALISM -- Pg. 1 Evolution of Regional Organizations Congress of Paris Emergence of International Administrative Agencies The First Hague Conference 1899 The Second Hague Conference 1907 The Declaration of London 1909 The League of Nations The United Nations Organizations An Effort to Define a Region Two Waves of Regionalism in Modern Era The Early Debate Bridging Globalization and Regionalism From Dichotomy to Diversity Why do States Join International Organizations? Non Governmental Organizations Contributing to the Dynamism of International/Regional Organizations Inspiration behind this book 2. REGIONALISM: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE - Pg. 33 Asian Cooperation without Regionalism 1947 -55 SEATO ASEAN EEC COMECON Distinct Features of Asian Regionalism 3. DETERMINANTS OF INTER STATE RELATIONS IN SOUTH ASIA -- Pg. 53 Socio-Political Profile Colonial Legacy The Problem of Immigrants Role of Religion Role of Language External Factors Shaping Foreign Policy 4. SAARC: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND The Birth of the SAARC Issues Barred from the Scope of SAARC Phases in the Evolution of SAARC An Outline of SAARC's Charter Constitution of the South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation Summit Declarations 5. SAARC'S SOCIAL CHARTER: RECOGNIZING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL DEMANDS OF THE REGION -- 251 SAARC'S Initiatives on Social Issues SAARC'S Social Charter Importance of the Social Charter Some Imperatives Form and Structure of the Social Charter Conclusions 6. SAARC: CHALLENGES AND PROGRESS -- Pg. 263 Progress Report of the SAARC Integrated Program of Action (IPA) Trade and Economic Cooperation Poverty Education Promting People-to-people Contact SAARC: Regional Institutions Regional Conventions/Agreements SAARC Funds Harnessing the Potential of South Asia The Ground Reality of the Progresses of SAARC AND G.E.P. Assessment Conclusion SAARC and other Regional Organizations Lessons from the Experience of Other Regions The South Asian Dimension The Way Ahead 7. Conclusions and suggestions -- Pg. 295 Need of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) South Asia: A Region of Region The Need for a Sub-Regional Approach Suggestions Made Through This Study What Else SAARC Must Do Analysis of the Objectives Concluding Observations SAARC'S Future Membership Annexures -- Pg. 313 Bibliography -- Pg. 337