South Asia comprises Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is a post-colonial sub-region demonstrating remarkable economic growth in recent decades amidst a security landscape fraught with volatility. More recently, COVID 19 hit the sub-region hard. While its economies are bouncing back after touching historic lows, prospects for recovery remains fragile due to the colossal challenges faced by its healthcare system. The past decade saw the entire region go through a democratic transition, yet many states still rely on authoritarianism. New and old democracies in South Asia are increasingly limiting the freedoms of the people who elected them. A high incidence of terrorism, rising religious nationalism, insurgencies, ethnic conflict, nuclear brinkmanship, and great power competition hold the region hostage. U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the surprisingly swift return of the Taliban adds to the regional security complex, an environment where the security and stability of states is closely interlinked and interdependent. A brief recorded presentation and online reading materials offer insights on some of these dynamics.
Identify and assess key security issues and trends defining South Asia’s complex security landscape including traditional and non-traditional threats.
Acquire a greater understanding of the linkages between security, development and by implication good governance.
Understand the security implications of intensifying strategic competition between China and the U.S. for the sub-region.
Dr. Saira Yamin specializes in South Asian security, international conflict resolution and state stabilization processes, and gendered security. Prior to joining APCSS in 2012, she held appointments at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Virginia, and at the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan. She also serves as non-resident Fellow at the Center for Global Policy in Washington D.C. Her writings have been published by the United States Institute of Peace, Oxford University Press, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. She is the author of a book titled Stability through Economic Cooperation in a Nuclear Environment (2005, Manohar, New Delhi).
Dr. Srini Sitaraman's focus is on the Indo-Pacific Security with a particular focus on South Asia, Regional Conflict, and India-China Relations. He is also interested in New Technologies & International Security, Internet and Digital Diplomacy, Nonproliferation, and the United Nations and International Law.
Saira Yamin “Inclusive Governance: Lessons from History“,” in Alexander L. Vuving, ed., Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about Security in the Indo-Pacific (Honolulu, HI: Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, 2020).