IPI HomePublicationsBooksPolitical Violence in South and Southeast Asia

 

print print  |  share share back back

Books - September 15, 2010

Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia

edited by Itty Abraham, Edward Newman and Meredith L. Weiss

 

 

Assassinations, riots, state violence—these are some of the topics addressed in a new book, Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia, which features a chapter about Bangladesh by IPI Senior Policy Analyst Naureen Chowdhury Fink.

The book considers and critiques the way political violence is understood and constructed, and the common assumptions that prevail regarding the causes, victims, and perpetrators of this violence.

The authors have intimate knowledge of the politics and society of these regions, and in their analyses examine the significance of geographic borders, external influences and intervention, and patterns of recruitment and rebellion, looking at the sources and manifestations of political violence.

By focusing on the social and political context of these regions, the volume presents a critical understanding of the nature of political violence and provides an alternative narrative to that found in mainstream analysis of terrorism.

Table of contents:

• Introduction – The Politics of Violence: Modalities, Frames, and Functions, by Meredith L. Weiss, Edward Newman and Itty Abraham
• Comparative Assassinations: The Changing Moral Economy of Political Killing in South Asia, by Sankaran Krishna
• Forms of Collective and State Violence in South Asia, by Paul R. Brass
• Mass Violence in Southeast Asia, by Geoffrey Robinson
On the Borderlines: Politics, Religion, and Violence in Bangladesh, by Naureen Chowdhury Fink
• External Influences on Political Violence in Southeast Asia, by Natasha Hamilton-Hart
• Recruitment and Attack in Southeast Asian Collective Violence, by Vince Boudreau
• Subversion, Secession, and the State in South Asia: Varieties of Violence, by Varun Sahni and Shamuel Tharu

More about this book from United Nations University Press

Read about it on Amazon

Read more about IPI's work on terrorism and Asia

The Global Observatory

Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question
In the short term, the killing of Godane is likely to result in more violent attacks, but longer-term consequences are hard to predict.

Key Global Events to Watch in September
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

September 19, 2014
Madani: Extremist Group Actions “Cannot be Associated with Any Religion”
Iyad Madani, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), reaffirmed at IPI the Muslim world’s commitment to religious tolerance and human rights and sought to distance Islam from the recent violent actions at the hands of extremist groups across Africa and the Middle East.

September 15, 2014
Despite Disaffection, Youth Still Engaged with Democracy
Young people around the world appear increasingly disaffected with politics and political institutions, particularly in countries where corruption is rampant and government accountability is lacking. Yet during a September 15th event commemorating the International Day of Democracy, a group of young political activists from three different continents spoke at IPI

September 10, 2014
Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914
On September 10-11, 2014, the International Peace Institute launched its inaugural meeting at its Middle East Regional Office in Manama, Bahrain titled “Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914.”

View More