Strategic factors in interstate relations in South Asia

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Shelton Kodikara

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Policy paper

Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 19

In this monograph Professor Shelton Kodikara makes a detailed examination of the complex pattern of interstate relations in South Asia. Although this pattern has been shaped primarily by India and the Indo Pakistan rivalry, it has also been influenced by the smaller states of the region, namely Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and, most particularly, Bangladesh. These other powers have added a new dimension to interstate relations in South Asia and are now playing an increasingly important part since the tension between India and Pakistan has begun to subside.

The states of South Asia of course cannot pursue their foreign policies without taking into account the interests and activities of the major external powers, particularly the United States of America, the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, Great Britain and the European Economic Community [European Union]. The rising price of oil has given relations between the states of South Asia and those of the Persian Gulf a new significance.

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