Aims & Objectives

South Asia’s contemporary rise to prominence will significantly impact upon geopolitics in the coming decades, and will be a dynamic central to the widely anticipated role that Asia will play in international politics of the 21st century. 

As a pivotal region undergoing momentous transformations, appreciating South Asia’s politics and International Relations (IR) has never been more significant. This rising geopolitical importance must now become a more visible topic of investigation across Europe.

Although Europe hosts several groupings focused upon the broad study of South Asia, they have traditionally had a highly limited focus upon the international relations of the region, and its states and multilateral bodies.  To fill this intellectual gap, ESSAIR:

  • hosts an annual conference in Europe dedicated to scholars working on the IR of South Asia, at which established academics and policy experts, emerging scholars and postgraduate students meet to discuss, exchange and synthesise their ideas;
  • represents, promotes and enhances the work of ESSAIR members by building a durable research network based on existing specialist expertise and experience that shares academic best practice, and stimulates collaboration on research and grants;
  • reflects a plurality of cutting-edge theoretical perspectives on the study of South Asia under the aegis of IR and History; including political science, security studies, foreign policy, IR theory, comparative politics & institutionalism, among others;
  • pools together a public directory of European scholars working on South Asian IR – based inside or outside Europe – to encourage the widest sharing and inter-connection of current regional knowledge, especially for new students of the field.

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