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Booktitle:

The Bridge or the Battering Ram?

Analyzing the significance of inter-regional 'bridging' in a comparative South-Southeast Asian Framework

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-05-31 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-15803-8

ISBN-10:
3639158032
EAN:
9783639158038
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Regionalism and globalization are often seen as competing processes of multi-state organization. This project brings together these two processes to explore the development of ‘regions’ in South and Southeast Asian politics in order to analyze eclectically the significance of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral and Technical Cooperation (BIMSTEC). This work identifies core theoretical reasons why the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) exemplifies “successful” Asian regionalism and also why the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) does not. Far from being a benign sub-regional bridge, the development of the BIMSTEC is stained in Sino-Indian competition for influence and power in a post-cold war Asia. Indeed, in final analysis, the BIMSTEC proves to be a “bridge” for powerful nations and a “battering ram” for smaller nations, unable to exert influence amidst regional politics. The Bridge or the Battering Ram offers a timely reflection on the currents of regionalism focussing on one of Asia's less emphasized places that will nonetheless continue to grow in influence in the years to come.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Ajay Parasram
Number of pages:
100
Published on:
2009-05-31
Stock:
Available
Category:
Political science
Price:
49.00 €
Keywords:
Regionalism, SAARC, ASEAN, BIMSTEC, theory, Integration, inter-regionalism, subregionalism, security, Trade

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