Economic Development and Military Security
The Case of South Asia
By Somnath Sen
Routledge – 2010 – 256 pages
The challenges of economic development become harder to achieve if poor countries also face military threats, either from external sources (such as the arms race between India and Pakistan) or from internal sources (conflicts and civil wars in Kashmir, Nepal and Sri Lanka).
This book examines the relationship between economic and military security in developing countries. Set in the context of South Asia, focusing on India and Pakistan: two of only a dozen or so countries which have the capability to produce nuclear weapons, it is the product of detailed analytical research.
1. Introduction, 2. Economic development and military security: methodology, 3. Midnight’s children: the burden of history in South Asia, 4. Diversity in unity: India and Pakistan, 5. Small is beautiful: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, 6. To arm or not to arm: arms race in South Asia, 7. Human security: impact of militarisation, 8. Problems, prospects and policy, 9. Back to the future: where do we go from here, 10. Conclusion
Somnath Sen is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Birmingham, UK.