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South Asia

South Asia is a complex and diverse region, with the potential to play a significant role in poverty reduction globally in the coming years. The region has experienced a long period of robust economic growth, averaging 6 percent annually for the past 20 years, yet is still home to more than 44 percent of the developing world’s poor. Such rates of economic growth and poverty pose particular challenges for maintaining peace and security, and for achieving broad-based and inclusive development results. South Asia is still struggling with well known issues of corruption, poor governance, poverty and weak judicial systems, all of which are contributing to instability in the region. Addressing these issues will be crucial since South Asia will play an important role in the global development story as it takes its place in the Asian Century.

The activities related to the region is designed to build on the institute’s knowledge and experience in Asia by focusing on development and security issues in South Asia, with a special focus on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.




Publications on South Asia

Ebba Mårtensson, Silvia Pastorelli
South Asia taps into water cooperation
COMMENTARY, Asia Times, January 16, 2014 Webpage Link
Ebba Mårtensson, Per Olsson
India's SEZ Policy
POLICY BRIEF, No. 97, July 03, 2012 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Globalisation and the Rise of Asia: Regional Cooperation to Sustain Economic Stability in Asia
BOOK CHAPTER, in Towards a New Asia Order, January 2012 Webpage Link
Ingolf Kiesow (ed.)
Political Roles of Religious Communities in South Asia
CONFERENCE REPORT, August 2010, pp. 143 Webpage Link
Nicklas Norling
India and its Neighbors: Development Scenarios 2009–2029
ASIA PAPER, October 2009 Webpage Link
Klas Marklund
Indonesia: Development Scenarios 2020–2030
ASIA PAPER, September 2009 Webpage Link
Christopher Len and Alvin Chew (ed.)
Energy and Security Cooperation in Asia: Challenges and Prospects
BOOK, July 2009, pp. 341 Webpage Link
Xiaolin Guo
Democracy in Myanmar and the Paradox of International Politics
ASIA PAPER, March 2009, pp. 43 Webpage Link
Jayanta Kumar Ray and Arpita Basu Roy (ed.)
Political Roles of Religious Communities in India
ASIA PAPER, November 2008, pp. 139 Webpage Link
Ingolf Kiesow, Nicklas Norling
The Rise of India: Problems and Opportunities
SILK ROAD PAPER, January 2007 Webpage Link
Fiona Rotberg and Ashok Swain (ed.)
Natural Resources Security in South Asia: Nepal's Water
BOOK 2007 Webpage Link
Nicklas Norling, Niklas Swanström
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Trade, and the Roles of India, Pakistan, and Iran
ARTICLE, Central Asian Survey, Volume 26 2007, pp. 429-444 Webpage Link

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