At the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium, South Asia has emerged as a key regional variable in the contemporary global order. The last decade saw the region experiencing a robust phase of economic growth and development. Over time, South Asia's economic progress is expected to accelerate, given its favourable demography and strategic location. The prospects of faster economic growth and development, however, will materialize depending upon the region's success in handling various challenges including security, climate change, political instability and ethnic strife. It is in this context that the Sixth International Conference on South Asia brought together academics and policy specialists to provide insights and contribute to an understanding of the challenges and prospects facing the region in the new decade. This volume is a collection of the papers presented at the Conference and assembles a large and diverse set of viewpoints and perceptions on the region.
South Asia in the New Decade: Challenges and Prospects (Teo Chee Hean); India and China: Competitive Coexistence in the Asian Century (Rory Medcalf & Ashley Townshend); Security Challenges and Prospects for South Asia: A Chinese Perspective (Wang Dehua); The Washington and Beijing Consensus in South Asia: How the Colombo Consensus Emerged with New Global Realities (Patrick Mendis); Riots, Elections and Society: Discerning Social and Political Trends in India and Pakistan in Coming Decades (Peter Mayer); Reducing Poverty in South Asia through Regional Cooperation (Sadiq Ahmed); Satellites, Politics and India's TV News Revolution: Challenges and Prospects (Nalin Mehta); Economic Challenges for South Asia (Jaspal Singh Bindra); Moving Up, Looking East - Prospects for South Asia's Integration after the Global Crisis (Dipak Dasgupta & Nihal Pitigala); South Asia's Economic Future With or Without Economic Integrations (Shahid Javed Burki); Indian Trade Policy after the Crisis (Razeen Sally).