Conflicts and Conflict Management in SAARC: Assessing Challenges and the Way Forward


  • Muhammad Idrees Department of Politics and International Relations, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Manzoor Ahmad Naazer Department of Politics and International Relations, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan | Department of Public and International Affairs, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, United States.



SAARC, ASEAN, South Asia, South Asian Studies, Regionalism, Regional Organisations, Peace, Conflict, Peace and Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management, South Asian Countries, SACs


The mechanism created by South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) excludes the discussions on bilateral and contentious issues which is said to be the main hurdle in the SAARC to take off. Despite similarities in the South Asian member countries, e.g. cultural, linguistic, and historical, they have not yet been able to evolve cooperative environment and their relations are characterised by varying conflicts. Keeping with the background nominal progress that has been made by SAARC, it will be wise to review the inter-state conflicts which are halting the ways of the South Asian progress. The present study surveys the nature of interstate conflict among SAARC members and their impact on regional cooperation. It also explores various modes of conflict management and conflict resolution. It offers conflict management and multi-track diplomacy as keys to peace in the South Asian region and progress for SAARC.


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Idrees, M., & Naazer, M. (2017). Conflicts and Conflict Management in SAARC: Assessing Challenges and the Way Forward. Liberal Arts and Social Sciences International Journal (LASSIJ), 1(2), 1–11.



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