Tracking Multitudinous Crises
Shibashis Chatterjee
ARMED CONFLICTS AND PEACE PROCESSES IN SOUTH ASIA 2006 by D. Suba Chandran Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, 2007, 100 pp., 695
March 2007, volume 31, No 3

Despite manifest changes in the living standards of a vast number of people in virtually all the South Asian states, the subcontinent is still mired in a multitude of crises of both conventional and non-conventional kinds. It is a little surprising therefore that the existing state of affairs has invited continuous academic attention from scholars and policy makers in the past and continues to engender a large volume of titles, theoretical, or otherwise. The present volume under discussion is one of the latest additions to the field. The book contains nine essays and a compendium of events tagged to the end to help guide the readers to keep track of developments. Of these, three essays discuss security problems of India, each concentrating on Kashmir, the Maoist insurgency and the Northeast respectively; Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are discussed in four separate articles; while two general papers on the South Asian Security problematic make the introduction and bring up the rear respectively. The geographical scope of the project, even by the formal, institutionalized definition of South Asia, is rather restrictive.

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