The South Asia Initiative
The South Asia Initiative at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) brings out research and analysis on the countries of South Asia, and the relationship between the region and the wider world. The initiative builds on a collaboration with the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) at Lund University.
The region of South Asia is connected through languages, shared histories and religions. It is home to about a fifth of the world’s population and a host of complex security challenges, as well as great economic potential.
India, a nuclear power, is projected to become the world’s second largest economy by 2050, and is already the third biggest contributor to global growth.
India’s neighbour Pakistan is also a nuclear power, and home to the world’s sixth largest population. With the help of China, Pakistan now shows strong economic growth but struggles with domestic militancy and a fragile democracy. Pakistan’s adverse relation with India directs it’s over developed security establishment.
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are all trying to balance opportunity and risk in negotiating the influence of China and India, while Afghanistan is bogged down by conflict, which most observers assume will continue for decades.
The South Asia Initiative sets out to study and analyse aspects of the political dynamics and social transformations that emerge from the region and the countries within it.
The initiative aims to:
- Initiate and sustain a high quality research environment focusing on the politics and societies of South Asia. Priority will be given to the study of India, Afghanistan and Pakistan,
- Produce policy relevant analysis with reference to the countries of South Asia and their relations with the wider world,
- Inform the general public on the politics and societies of the region,
- Create cooperation and networks that produces and promotes research, insight and dialogue with regards to South Asia.