South Asia holds more than one-fifth of the world’s population, has two nuclear weapon states, is [...]experiencing striking economic momentum, and is facing critical natural resource challenges. But despite sizable literature that looks at relations between specific countries in South Asia, there is little discussion of what South Asia means as a region—at present and in the future.
In conjunction with the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future hosted a panel discussion on challenges facing South Asia’s future. Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center, examined the importance of a “South Asian identity,” while Manu Bhaskaran, a partner and member of the Board of the Centennial Group, concentrated on emerging dynamics of tension between a rising China and a rising India. Finally, Amitendu Palit, a senior visiting research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, considered the region’s economic future and argued that human resources and labor and knowledge dynamics will be central to its future.
Hosted by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future on August 12, 2010, at the National Library in Singapore.