Is the region ready? can the state deliver? essay from India

D. Suba Chandran, Is the region ready? can the state deliver? essay from India, Adluri Submramanyam Raju (eds)  Human Security in South Asia: Concept, Environment and Development. Routledge: pp. 60-68 (2020).

As a concept, human security also become a part of an expansion at the regional level as well. South Asia witnessed a series of studies on the subject during the 1990s and the following decades. As an independent line of inquiry within the security fold, although the concept of human security entered South and South-East Asia later than in the developed world, as a field, it has already witnessed indigenous literature on the subject. In fact, the later discourse attempted to even “reintroduce” the debate on human security in South Asia.

Despite “introduction” and “reintroduction”, is “human security” as a concept and an independent security discipline placed well within the large security discourse in South Asia? Or is too early to expect the state to deliver on human security? This chapter looks into two primary questions – whether the region is read to address human security issues and whether the state can deliver.

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D. Suba Chandran
D. Suba Chandran is a Professor at the International Strategic & Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

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