Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Bath hosts conference on Contemporary Security Challenges in Asia

Thu May 08 13:29:00 BST 2014

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The team from the conference which took place on 25 April 2014


From the world’s largest elections in India to the first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan, major changes are afoot in Asia.

The makeup of the contemporary continent is undergoing profound transition, and these changes pose major challenges not only for Asia’s estimated three billion residents but also for the rest of the world.

The agenda highlighted the ‘AfPak’ region, where ongoing India-Pakistan rivalries are likely to play out after the planned American withdrawal and where tensions over Kashmir are also set to escalate given the nationalist rhetoric of Narendra Modi, the likely next Prime Minister of India.

On the other side of the continent, simmering conflicts between an increasingly assertive Japan, an erratic North Korea and a confident China have made the region the centre of attention for the West. Other themes of the conference included the ongoing Shia-Sunni conflict in South Asia; nuclear programs in Iran and Pakistan and the US response; and the use of drones in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

With the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan this summer in mind, speakers also addressed the foreign policy priorities of China and Russia and assessed the real and potential flashpoints across the region.

For details of speakers and paper titles you can access the conference schedule.