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Title: South Asia : a case study of a subordinate international system approach, with a special reference to India's security policy during the Cold War
Author: Dusadeeisariyawong, B.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1998
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South Asia is analysed under the conceptual framework of a subordinate international system. Although there have been a number of studies on South Asia, the evolution of war and conflict within the region from 1947 to 1989 has not yet been fully analysed historically. A historical approach, therefore, is used in conjunction with the conceptual framework of a subordinate international system to trace and account for the main patterns of change within South Asia. Finally, there is a discussion on how it may develop in the future. The thesis basically involves three levels of analysis: interacting domestic dimensions; intra-regional conflicts; and the impact of the global system. The history of war and conflict in the region involves both internal and external participants. The Partition which was followed by the first Indo-Pakistan war of 1947 affected the intra- and inter-state relations of both countries. The defeat of India in the Sino-Indian war of 1962 considerably changed India's security perception and policy. The stalemate in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965 and the defeat of Pakistan in its third war with India led to the creation of Bangladesh. India's nuclear explosion in 1974 added a nuclear dimension to the conventional arms race. In 1985, a regional forum for South Asia began to be institutionalised. India had intervened in Sri Lanka in 1987. Having analysed the evolution of war and conflict between the South Asian states over forty-two years conclusions are drawn about the relative autonomy of South Asia's regional politics and the varying influence of internal and international forces. Sources and interviews drawn from Indian analysts and officials are used to demonstrate these arguments.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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