An in-depth analysis of how India, China and other South Asian countries can cooperate on key challenges affecting their bilateral relationships This book focuses on identifying the extant barriers and impending opportunities for effective coordination of transport infrastructure and enhancement of trade activities along the border regions of South Asian countries. It asserts that with pertinent policy guidelines and timely initiatives from the participating countries, unprecedented opportunities can be capitalized upon for consolidated ecomic growth of the region. It exposes how untapped resources, bureaucratic and political inertia and a lack of collective endeavour remain major impediments to bilateral and multilateral cooperation which, if surmounted, could pave the way for successful regional initiatives. It will be indispensable to researchers and scholars of international relations, South Asia studies, international trade, comparative politics, political ecomy, and to the informed general reader.
D. Suba Chandran is a Director at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. His primary areas of research include Pakistan's internal security, Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir. He is currently working on 'Indus Water Governance'-a study aimed at improving the process of water governance and addressing the concerns of various sub-regions in the Indus Basin region. He is also working on 'State Failure in South Asia', especially focusing on the stability-instability curve, and testing the hypotheses of cyclic failure and functional anarchy. He is the author of Limited War: Revisiting Kargil in Indo-Pak Conflicts (2005), editor or co-editor of several books and articles and has widely published in the regional and national media. He is also an Associate at the Pakistan Study Research Unit (PSRU), University of Bradford, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Pakistan Studies Programme, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Bhavna Singh is Country Coordinator for the V-dem Project by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Former Senior Research Officer, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. She is a Doctoral candidate at the Chinese division on the Centre of East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her work focuses on Chinese nationalism, sub-nationalisms and China's foreign policy with regard to the USA, Japan and South Asia. She is particularly interested in separatist and sub-national tendencies in the regions of Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan and Inner Mongolia. She is the author of the book China's Discursive Nationalism: Contending in Softer Realms (2012) and has written for several esteemed journals such as the Economic and Political Weekly, Mainstream Weekly, Nam-today, World Focus, Epilogue and the China Daily. She was part of the youth exchange delegation between China and India in the year 2008 and was nominated to the 'Taiwan Study Camp for Future Leaders of South Asia' in 2010.