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24 September 2021

Call for Papers for an Edited Book: 'Small States in South Asia: Power Rivalries, Pandemic Politics and Security Aspirations'

Submission Deadline: 20th November 2021

The book will focus on the 21st Century realities that are shaping and driving policy orientations of the small states of South Asia such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lank, Maldives and others. The current literature is predominantly driven by a set of narratives that focus on Sino Indian rivalry, Indo Pak relations and the impact of extra regional players from China, USA, Japan, Australia relations primarily driven by maritime security discourse.

The focus on the region has mainly been from a comparative policy perspective of internal political transformations in the last five years with a preponderance on democracy as the unit of analysis. The regional view has focused on new regional groupings and the relations with India and China. While acknowledging these macro transformations in South Asia, how the strategically located Landlocked Nepal to Bangladesh’s Key corridors to Sri Lanka's Indian Ocean Hub approach to Nepal’s Sino Indian Gambit needs to be revisited from their own internal country perspectives.

The policy and strategic domains of major players and their policy makers and academic community would benefit from understanding perspectives emanating from the South Asian small states: strategically important Nepali, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Maldivian perspectives. The Maritime Security narrative, diplomatic relations, and overall security perspective from pandemic to extremism are the three major common approaches that will be addressed in the publication. In the context of the above-mentioned themes each country specific articles could look at,

1. India or/and China Relations and its contemporary directions

2. Shaping of 21st Century Foreign policies of the smaller states in comparison to 20th Century

3. Overall strategic, security and geopolitical transformations and the new normal.

The book will be jointly edited by Dr. Harinda Vidanage Visiting Fellow, NIICE and Head of Department, Department of Strategic Studies, Faculty of Defence & Strategic Studies, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and Dr. Pramod Jaiswal, Research Director, NIICE

The book will be published by reputed international publisher.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 20 November 2021

Notification of abstract acceptance: 25 November 2021

Submission of Full Paper: 10 January 2022

For those interested, please:

Send your abstract (250-300 words), and brief bio of the author (of 100 words) by 20 November 2021 and full paper (4000-6500 words) by 10 January 2022 to

Please note the following:

  • The title of the proposed paper must not be longer than 90 characters (including spaces).
  • The length of the final proposed paper should be less than 6500 words (including abstract, references plus 2-3 tables or graphs, if needed).
  • Please use Harvard citations format for referencing;

For any queries and clarification, please free to contact us by email (mentioned above) or WhatsApp: +977-9840383300.

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