By Paradorn Rangsimaporn, Associate Research Fellow
By Mirza Sadaqat Huda, OSCE Academy Post-Doc Fellow
This book analyses the key political challenges to regional energy cooperation in South Asia. It argues that investment in the planning of regional energy projects can increase their viability and also drive integration and peacebuilding.
Regional cooperation has been substantiated by academics and multilateral development banks as one of the most viable solutions to South Asia’s crippling energy crisis. However, three decades of national and regional efforts have failed to develop a single multilateral energy project or foster high levels of bilateral cooperation. Using data collected through extensive interviews with policymakers in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, this book identifies the specific roadblocks to energy cooperation – including domestic politics and the failure of leadership on multiple levels - and evaluates how these political challenges determine regional interactions on energy securitisation, environmental cooperation and human rights. Huda then undertakes case studies on four transnational energy projects to highlight specific policy recommendations to overcome these challenges, suggesting planning mechanisms through which the significant issue of energy cooperation in South Asia can be addressed.
By Emilbek Dzhuraev, OSCE Academy Faculty; Nargiza Muratalieva
This book was prepared upon an initiative of the GEF/FAO project on “Sustainable Management of Mountainous Forest and Land Resources under Climate Change Conditions”. It is based on the international experience in implementing the principles of ecosys- tem services provision, the results of CAREC projects on the assessment of ecosystem services and PES, the report of the UNDP/UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative on the assessment of ecosystem services of the Chon Kemin State Natural Park and the Karakol National Park, and other materials.
This compilation of different articles by authors from accross the region is dedicated to looking at the political, economic and regional transformation processes and developments that are shaped by international and regional policies, social movements as well as influenced by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The region ranges from North America to Europe, to Central Asia and to China. Recent economic and security policies as well as democratization processes cut through the OSCE Region and are equally challenging the post-Soviet countries as well as Europe and North America in several different ways. Most OSCE member states face economic difficulties and suffer from weak formal institutions and defective democratic structures, or are still in the challenging early consolidation process of state and regime building.
By Anja Mihr, OSCE Academy Faculty
By Emilbek Dzhuraev, OSCE Academy Faculty
By Emibek Dzhuraev, OSCE Academy Faculty