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Regional Security and Regional Cooperation : A Comparative Study of ASEAN and SAARC
By Bharti Chhibber

First Published : 2004
ISBN : 8177080725
: 9788177080728
Pages : 506
Binding : Hardbound
Size : 5 x 9
Price : US$ 62

Regional security and regional cooperation have become increasingly important in international relations. Much is said of global interdependence but regional interdependence of the economic, environmental, political or military kind is equally significant. Regional cooperation is looked upon as pooling of resources to cope with interdependence, to increase the significance of the region and to lessen external dependence.

This book describes and examines issues in regional security and regional cooperation, and their interrelationships both in theory and practice, through a comparative study of ASEAN and SAARC. Taking a comprehensive view of security, it analyses how ASEAN and SAARC have contributed to regional security in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Intra-regional relationships among the member countries have been examined within the broader parameters of the changing international scenario. This work will be of particular interest to those who are interested and involved in international relations, area studies, security and regional cooperation.

1. Introduction
Regional Cooperation and Security in International
Relations Theory
Concepts of Region and Regionalism
Concepts of Security and Regional Security
ASEAN, SAARC and Regional Security
2. Theoretical Aspects of Region and Regionalism
Section I
Concept of a Region
Region as a Subsystem
Approaches to the Study of Regional Subsystem
Section II
Concept of Regionalism
What is Integration?
Approaches to Regional Integration
Types of Regional Integration
Political Integration
Social Integration
Economic integration
Section III
Regional Cooperation in the Third World
Concept of Natural Economic Territories
3. Theoretical Aspects of Security and Regional Security
Section I
Traditional and Modern Concepts of Security
What is Security?
Economic Threats to Security
Food Security
Environmental Threats to Security
Energy and Resource Security
Transnational Organized Crime
Transnational Drug Cartels
Threats to Nation-Building
Demographic Threats to Security
Section II
What is Regional Security?
Threat Perceptions
External Dimension of Regional Security
Regional Security Complexes
Regional Security: Comparisons with National and
International Security
4. Creation and Early Evolution of ASEAN and SAARC
Section I
Section II
Motivation for the Formation of ASEAN and SAARC
Inception, Aims and Objectives of ASEAN and SAARC
Section III
Organizational Structure and Evolution of ASEAN
and SAARC through the Decades
5. ASEAN and SAARC Approaches to Non-military Issues: Economic Dimension of Regional Security
ASEAN Preferential Trading Arrangement and SAARC
Preferential Trading Agreement
ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA)
Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT)
South Asian Free Trade Area
South East Asian Economic Crisis
Intra-regional Cooperation in Financial Matters
Food Security
Agriculture Sector
Co-operation in Transport and Communication Sectors
ASEAN SAARC and Extra-Regional Associations and States
Natural Economic Territories (NETs)
Concept of New Regionalism
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
6. ASEAN and SAARC Approaches to Non-military Issues: Environmental and Transnational Organized Crime Aspects of Regional Security
Section I
Environmental Dimension of Regional Security
SAARC and Environmental Issues
Transboundary Haze Pollution in South East Asia
International Environmental Issues
Cooperation with other Regional Organizations
Subregional Cooperation under ASEAN and SAARC
Cooperation at the Bilateral Level
Energy Dimension of Regional Security
Maritime Accidents and Environmental Disasters
Energy Cooperation at the Subregional/Bilateral Level
Section II
Transnational Organized Crime
Drug Trafficking and Regional Security Concerns
ASEAN, SAARC and Drug Trafficking
SAARC Convention on Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances
ASEAN, SAARC Cooperation with other Organizations
ASEAN, SAARC and the Transnational Terrorism Issue
Cooperation with Extra-regional States or Organizations
Bilateral Cooperation in the Field of Combating Terrorism
7. ASEAN and SAARC Approaches to Regional Security: Political and Military Dimensions
Section I
ASEAN and the Concept of ZOPFAN
ASEAN and Indochina Crisis
Section II
SAARC Proceedings and International Political Issues
SAARC: Crucial Political Role
Section III
ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)
ASEAN and Constructive Engagement Policy towards China
East Timor Crisis
Momentum to Introduce Bilateral Issues on SAARC Agenda
Track II Initiatives
Regional Nuclear Security
Bilateral Military Cooperation and Cooperation with
Extra-Regional States
8. Conclusions



Dr. Bharti Chhibber is a product of the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She did her B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Thereafter, she did her M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1997 and 2003 respectively. Dr. Chhibber was awarded Senior Research Fellowship by the UGC for her doctoral research. Specializing in international relations and regional studies, she has contributed articles and book reviews to mainstream journals and mass media. Presently, she is working on ASEAN’s constructive engagement policy towards China.

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