1. What can we learn about democracy by looking at the political
experiences of South Asia?
1) Successful democracy depends on the pre-existence of political and civil
Samuel Huntington: Societies with highly active and mobilized publics and
June 5, 2012
New York TImes
By SEYOM BROWN and VANDA FELBAB-BROWN
The question of India's Islamization and reconversion to Hinduism is a
contentious one. Both India and Pakistan manufacture myths about the apparent
brutality of either Hindus or Muslims.
The British first ruled India through the East India trading compan
Chapter 1 & 2
Naysayers have long said that India could never achieve self-government. It
would be too divided on sectarian, religious, and socioeconomic lines. Adherence
to the caste system would also hinder national unity. So too would India's division
1. What can we learn about democracy by looking at the experiences of South Asia?
What can we tell countries that are currently democratizing?
1) Dont neglect political and civil institutions. Oftentimes, theyre whats needed for
democracy to take hold.
- Counterbalance superior force
- Cheaper to have nuclear power than investing in the army
- Strategic interest groups scientists, military
- Look good on security
- Diversionary strategy if things
In ethnic conflict, we generally believe that we are right and justice is on our side
They are the main problem so we, in any cost, have to oppose them so that our values can prevail
The conflict is primarily a political struggle
1973: Kings cousin overthrows the King and establishes a new regime. The resulting
political instability allows the Communist party to take over with soviet help. Succession
of coups: one against king, another against kings cousin who carried out first co
1. The Soviet Invasion of 1979 sowed the seeds of future conflict.
-In the 1980s, the Americans (and Charlie Wilson in particular) start arming the
Mujahedeen, using Pakistan as a conduit for $3 billion in covert aid.
-But when the US concluded a peace ag
Two small, landlocked countries sandwiched between two giants.
What can we learn about countries who share in their geopolitical circumstances?
Nepal: Whither Shangri-La
Ever since it opened up in the 1950s, Nepal has faced a whole host of pr
CHINAS INTERESTS IN AFGHANISTAN
As the United States starts to draw down troops in Afghanistan, China consciously realizes
the possibility of chaos. It seems that US engagement in the region will continue to diminish in
A) What were the major causes?
1. History, dueling national visions
Both sides had long seen each other in existential terms. They demonized each other in
their national texts, and they each thought Sri Lanka should belong to them. These
Political Science 3472 South Asia in World Politics Final Exam
South Asia in World Politics
December 14, 2012
Answer all of the following questions. Each question has several parts. BE SURE TO
ANSWER ALL PARTS. AND BE SURE TO ADDRESS THE QUESTION A
India adopts liberal reforms to stave off a balance-of-payments crisis. It's debt-to-GDP
ratio has been decreasing ever since.
Between 1991 and 1993, India adopted full current account convertibility. This meant
that domestic firms could do b
Ignore systemic constraints and pursue an ideational foreign policy unprepared to deal with
China and a disastrous border war in 1962 self-help strategy
Indias post-independence policymakers would keep India out of the ambit of the Cold War,
The Indian economy has continued to expand at a robust pace, with its growth rate averaging an
impressive 6 percent throughout much of the 1990s
It is now recognized that economic growth is the result of (a) growth in factor inputs such, as
labor and capi
Despite the size of it's electorate, India manages to hold orderly elections.
Over 420 million people participated in the 2009 elections. Turnout reached 60%.
All told, democracy has become ingrained in India's political consciousness. But
there is a cave
Midterm II Thursday, March 31
There will be two essay questions on the following topics. Below is a general idea of the
1. Why have India and Pakistan had such a conflictual relationship several
reasons not just Kashmir. What have th