The panel will look at new societal, domestic, regional, and international developments and their impact on national foreign policies and the process of decision making in South Asian countries.
The panel will look into the changing dynamics of South Asian countries and their respective foreign policies. Democracy, economic growth and new security perceptions have changed the dynamics of foreign policy in South Asia. In India, states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal had an important impact on foreign policy decision making of the Indian government vis-à-vis the respective neighbours. In Pakistan, the most favoured Nation States that was granted to India in 2012 may change the domestic dynamics and the policy towards India in the long term perspective. Countries like China have increased their cooperation with India and her neighbours in recent years. This raises the question in how far new societal, domestic and international changes will affect national foreign policies and the process of decision making in South Asian countries. The panel will welcome contributions that deal with the different aspects of foreign policy in South Asian countries, i.e. foreign policy analysis of individual countries, the impact of international norms (human rights, non-proliferation), role of external powers in South Asia, or the impact of transnational actors/diasporas.