Vol. 45, No. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2020)
Is Revitalising SAARC Possible and Rational?
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses,
structure, weak mandate, mistrust, misperceptions, and conflict
among member countries have impeded South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) from fostering regional
socio-economic and cultural cooperation and from achieving its
political objective of creating a durable, stable, and peaceful
regional order in South Asia. This article explores, as a
regional organisation, how SAARC has failed to promote
cooperation in the region. Against the backdrop of the
structural fragility of SAARC and conflict among member states,
this article examines the possibility and pragmatism of
revitalising SAARC and argues that even if reinvigorated through
structural reforms, the organisation will not be able to
contribute to regional cooperation and development.