Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Conference on Contemporary Security Challenges in Asia

12 June 2015

About the conference

The team from the conference which took place on 12 June 2014

The team from the conference which took place on 12 June 2015



Building on the success of the 2014 conference, the Conflict, Security and International Order research cluster in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath held a second conference on Contemporary Security Challenges in Asia on 12 June 2015.

This one-day event addressed the traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the South Asian and Northeast/Southeast Asian contexts. Particularly interest was given to exploring the present security challenges between India and Pakistan, India and China, and China and the United States.

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Katharine AdeneyTitle: The Politics of Identity and Internal Security Challenges in South Asia
Speaker: Professor Katharine Adeney (Director of The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham)

The states of South Asia have adopted many different strategies to manage their diversity, with divergent results. What explains the successful accommodation of certain identities over others? Why has language been accommodated more successfully in India compared to Sri Lanka or Pakistan? Why have all three states experienced secessionist movements? Is it a failure of nation building strategies and lack of effective internal accommodation, or are external actors to blame? And is India's traditional accommodationist stance under threat?

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