Punjab Research Group

Call for Contributions: The Economics of Military Conflict in South Asia

Posted in New Publications, News/Information by Pippa on November 27, 2011

The Economics of Military Conflict in South Asia

We seek original contributions from a wide range of disciplines including economics, econometrics, political science, international relations, strategic studies and public policy for an inter-disciplinary collection of essays to be published in a proposed special edition on the economics of military conflict in South Asia in the Journal of Asian Public Policy. Contributions should address an economic and public policy aspect of military conflict in a country, or combination of countries, from South Asian including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Studies of both inter- and sub-state conflict (including separatist movements and non-state actors) are welcome. Final articles should be 4,000-7,000 words in length with an expected date of publication in late 2012 or early 2013.

Possible topics include:
* The effects of conflict on trade or economic growth
* The economic determinants and costs of conflict
* Public policy responses and solutions to conflict
* The economic and social effects of military spending
* The economic impediments and imperatives of peace

Interested contributors should send a 200 word abstract with a brief biographical note to mwebb@pi.ac.ae or albert.wijeweera@scu.edu.au by 15 December 2011. Authors of selected abstracts will be contacted in early 2012. Final contributions will be subject to a process of peer review before publication.

THE SIKH SEPARATIST INSURGENCY IN INDIA by JUGDEP S CHIMA

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on May 8, 2010

THE SIKH SEPARATIST INSURGENCY IN INDIA. Political Leadership and Ethnonationalist Movements
JUGDEP S CHIMA Associate Editor for South Asia, Asian Survey, University of California, Berkeley

The Punjab crisis, a two-decade long armed insurgency that emerged as a violent ethnonationalist movement in the 1980s and gradually transformed into a secessionist struggle, resulted in an estimated 25,000 casualties in Punjab . This ethnonationalist movement, on one hand, ended the perceived notion of looking at Punjab as the model of political stability in independent India and, on the other, raised several lingering socio-political questions which have great effect on Indian politics for decades to come, including the prospects of recurring ethnic insurgencies.
It describes in detail the trends which led to the emergence of the Punjab crisis, the various dynamics through which the movement
sustained itself and the changing nature of patterns of political leadership which eventually resulted in its decline in the mid-1990s.
Providing a microhistorical analysis of the Punjab crisis, this book argues that the trajectories of ethnonationalist movements are largely
determined by the interaction between self-interested ethnic and state political elites, who not only react to the structural choices they face,
but whose purposeful actions and decisions ultimately affect the course of ethnic group state relations. It consolidates this theoretical
preposition through a comparative analysis of four contemporary global ethnonationalist movements those occurring in Chechnya , Northern
Ireland , Kashmir, and Assam .
Look inside via Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sikh-Separatist-Insurgency-India/dp/8132103025

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