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Title: Postfrontier blues : toward a new policy framework for Northeast India 
Author: Baruah, Sanjib
Date: 2007
Publisher: Washington, D.C.: East-West Center Washington
Abstract: A number of armed conflicts smolder in India's Northeastern
border region. For instance, the Naga rebellion, which began in the 1950s, is
one of the world's oldest unresolved armed conflicts. With its controversial
human fights record and sluggish economic growth, Northeast India is a
counterpoint to India's new image as a mature democracy, dynamic economy, and
emerging major power. This study proposes a democratic institution-building
agenda that is sensitive to the particular dynamics of change in this
"postfrontier." In a historically sparsely populated region with
long-term trends of demographic transformation, managing indigenous-settler
tensions must be a priority. This and other challenges cannot be addressed
through domestic policy alone. An effective alternative policy must have a
transnational dimension; to turn the region's extensive international borders –
with China's Tibet region, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Burma – from militarized
zones of mistrust and confrontation to spaces of cooperation.
Series/Report No.: East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy studies ; 33
Description: For more about the East-West Center, see
Pages/Duration: ix, 84 pages
LC Subject Headings: India, Northeastern - Ethnic relations
India, Northeastern - Politics and government
Ethnic conflict - India, Northeastern

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  • East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy Studies [61]
    Policy Studies presents scholarly analysis of key contemporary domestic and international political, economic, and strategic issues affecting Asia in a policy relevant manner. Written for the policy community, academics, journalists, and the informed public, the peer-reviewed publications in this series provide new policy insights and perspectives based on extensive fieldwork and rigorous scholarship.


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