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By Aparna Sundar

South Asia has develop into the location of significant civil or inner wars, with either household and worldwide effects. The clash in Kashmir, for instance, keeps to make headlines, whereas these within the Northeast and critical India simmer, notwithstanding particularly left out. There seems to be no transparent answer to the civil battle and career in Afghanistan, while Nepal and Sri Lanka determine their very various post-war settlements. In Bangladesh, the warfare of 1971 continues to be a political fault line, because the occasions round the struggle Crimes Tribunal show.

This quantity demonstrates the significance of South Asia as a zone to deepening the examine of civil wars and armed conflicts and, at the same time, illustrates how civil wars open up questions of sovereignty, citizenship and country contours. through enticing those broader theoretical debates, in a box principally ruled by means of defense experiences and comparative politics, it contributes to the examine of civil wars, political sociology, anthropology and political theory.

This quantity is without doubt one of the few books that's really and both consultant of scholarship throughout South Asia, contributing not only to the research of civil wars, but additionally to the examine of South Asia as a region.

 
 
 

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What we see in practice is that, regardless of the state’s origins in domination, combatants, civilians and international actors all work with notions of sovereignty derived in varying measure from the idea of contract. As Foucault notes, sovereignty as an ideal provided arms to both monarchs and contenders—to the former to legitimize their rule, and to the latter to contest or overthrow arbitrary authority (see Foucault 2003, 35; Kalmo and Skinner 2010, 8). Whether the insurgencies are ethnic or linguistic or class-based, they all address themselves either to controlling and changing the existing state and claiming sovereignty in its stead, or achieving their own sovereign state.

In Afghanistan, the multiple transnational networks of the drugs and arms trades, migrants and humanitarian agencies help shape the field of war, in addition to the presence of NATO forces (Monsutti, Chapter 4). In Nepal, aid agencies have been major players in the country’s economic development, to the extent that the Maoist insurgency was tied to the nature of development, and international actors created the structural conditions for it as much as the state did (Donini and Sharma, Chapter 5).

Sri Lanka’s North II: Rebuilding Under the Military’. Asia Report No. 220, March 16. Jha, Saumitra and Steven Wilkinson. 2012. ‘Does Combat Experience Foster Organizational Skill? Evidence from Ethnic Cleansing During the Partition of South Asia’. American Political Science Review 106 (4): 883–907. Introduction: Sovereignty, Development and Civil War 39 Kalmo, Hent and Quentin Skinner. 2010. Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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