This book provides a rich analysis of the actors and organizations to reflect on the antecedents and trajectories of terrorism and insurgency in South Asia, and the different countermeasures adopted by the countries to deal with the security and developmental challenges.

South Asia is a complex geography that has been both a victim and a playing field for indigenous insurgencies, and domestic and transnational terrorist movements. The contributors to this volume explore how this situation has posed serious challenges to the sovereignty of the states, to national and human security, and to the socioeconomic fabric of the communities, and to the ethnic and religious cohesion. The book provides detailed studies of country cases on terrorism, security, and insurgencies, and it underlines the national, regional, and global implications of the threats that emanate from this region.

Presenting an opportunity to diversify away from a Western-centric focus on terrorism and security, this book will be valuable to researchers in political science, criminology, defense and security studies, and to policy makers and think tanks.

part I|20 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Contextualizing terrorism, security, and development in South Asia

ByM. Raymond Izarali, Dalbir Ahlawat

part II|154 pages

Country cases of terrorism, insurgencies, and development

chapter 2|19 pages

Non-state acts of terrorism and counterterrorism in Bangladesh

A critical review
ByMokerrom Hossain, Rawshan Sadia Afroze

chapter 3|20 pages

Terrorism, security, and development in Sri Lanka

In the national, regional, and global context
ByStanley W. Samarasinghe

chapter 4|18 pages

Tenuous security in the Himalayas

A focus on Nepal
ByThomas A. Marks

chapter 5|19 pages

Naxal insurgency in India

Genesis, ideological precepts, and security challenges
ByDalbir Ahlawat

chapter 8|17 pages

Terrorism and insurgency in Afghanistan

ByWilliam Maley

chapter 9|18 pages

The persistence of terrorism in Pakistan

An analysis of domestic and regional factors
ByAbdul Basit, Zahid Shahab Ahmed

part III|38 pages

Issues of radicalization, extremism, and the state

chapter 10|16 pages

Hindu radicalization and implications for India

ByBidisha Biswas

chapter 11|20 pages

The proliferation of extremism and security issues in the Maldives

ByKirklin J. Bateman

part IV|72 pages

Issues of regional security and global implications

chapter 13|18 pages

Women and militancy in South Asia

Straddling the agent–victim binary
ByTanya Narozhna

chapter 14|16 pages

Security vulnerabilities in South Asia and the Indian Ocean

ByG.V.C. Naidu

chapter 15|18 pages

The impact of terrorism in South Asia

Implications and prospects
ByIhekwoaba D. Onwudiwe, Edidiong Mendie

part V|20 pages