In a new approach to conflict management and subsequent resolution, instead of focusing on the causes of the conflicts alone, Centre for Security Analysis (CSA) explored the consequences of the protracted conflicts Northeast of India, Jammu and Kashmir, Naxalism, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka to examine the way consequences undermine the states' efforts to bring stability, development and peace in the region. Six conflict specific studies done in the four countries established the need to analyze three major issues in greater detail ethnic/cultural identity, political management and ecomic factors. CSA engaged experts from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar to analyze as to how and what role the identity factor played out in each of the four countries and how their respective governments tried to politically manage the conflict and the consequences.
Lt Gen (Retd) V R Raghavan is President, Centre for Security Analysis, Chennai, India. He is a member of India's National Security Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Task Force set up by the Government of India to review National Security. The General was an elected member of the Council of United Services Institution of India and was Council Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London.