Refugees and Regional Security in South Asia (Hardcover)

By S D Muni and Lok Raj Baral

Regional relations in South Asia have always been afflicted by the movements of people across territorial boundaries of the states. Rapidly growing dimensions of refugee flows during the past decades have seriously affected security and stability of both the refugee generating as well as receiving states. This is one of the first studies of how refugee flows have vitiated security environment in South Asia at the national, bilateral and regional levels. The security implications of refugee flows have been studied in the cases of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Tibetan refugees, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi (Chakmas) refugees in India and the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. These case studies have been contributed by the scholars from all the South Asian countries. The editors have provided a comparative and thematic framework to put the whole issue in a perspective.

S.D. Muni is Professor of South Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He also taught at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (1972-73) and at Banaras Hindu University (1985-86), Varanasi. Professor Muni has been Visiting Fellow/Scholar at various international Universities and Research Institutions in Australia, USA, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and Japan. He has been associated with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi as a researcher as well as a member of the Executive Council. He is a member of International Research Committee of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo. He has authored and edited twelve books and contributed numerous research papers and articles to Indian and foreign journals as well as edited volumes.

Lok Raj Baral is Professor of Political Science at Tribhuwan University Kathmandu, Nepal, and headed this Department from 1976 to 1989. Professor Baral has been a Visiting Fellow/Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and CHR, Michelsen Institute at Bergen, Norway. In Nepal, he has also served as the President of various organisations like Teachers Association of Tribhuwan University (1969-70), Nepal Council of World Affairs (1978-80), Political Science Association (1991-93), and Society for Constitutional and Parliamentary Exercises (SCOPE) (1993-95). He is a member of International Research Committee of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo. A prolific author, Prof. Baral has so far written five books and contributed several scholarly articles on South Asian Affairs and Politics in Nepal in national and international journals and edited volumes.

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