Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Civil Wars in South Asia

Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty, Development

edited by Aparna Sundar and Nandini Sundar

Sage 2014.

South Asia has become the site of major civil or internal wars, with both domestic and global consequences. The conflict in Kashmir, for example, continues to make headlines, while those in the Northeast and central India simmer, though relatively unnoticed. There appears to be no clear resolution to the civil war and occupation in Afghanistan, even as Nepal and Sri
Lanka work out their very different post-war settlements. In Bangladesh, the war of 1971 remains a political fault line, as the events around the War Crimes Tribunal show.

This volume demonstrates the importance of South Asia as a region to deepening the study of civil wars and armed conflicts and, simultaneously, illustrates how civil wars open up questions of sovereignty, citizenship and state contours. By engaging these broader theoretical debates, in a field largely dominated by security studies and comparative politics, it contributes to the study of civil wars, political sociology, anthropology and political theory.

This volume is one of the few books that is genuinely and equally representative of scholarship across South Asia, contributing not just to the study of civil wars, but also to the study of South Asia as a region.

Introduction: Sovereignty, Development and Civil War Aparna Sundar and Nandini Sundar
Contextualizing Civil Wars in South Asia Nandini Sundar
Sri Lanka: Military Fiscalism and the Politics of Market Reform at a Time of
Civil War
Rajesh Venugopal
The Transnational Political Economy of Civil War in Afghanistan Alessandro Monsutti
Aid and Violence: Development, Insurgency and and Social Transformation
in Nepal
Antonio Donini and Jeevan Raj Sharma
Civil War or Genocide? Britain and the Secession of East Pakistan in1971 A Dirk Moses
The Rise of Jihadi Militancy in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Haris Gazdar, Yasser Kureshi and Asad
Routine Emergencies: India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act Sanjib Baruah
Local Agitations in a Globalized Context: A Case Study of Shopian and
Bomai Gowhar Fazili
Articulating Grievance in Southeast Myanmar Stephen Campbell