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Making SAARC Work
REPUBLICA
The South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) is often ridiculed for its lack of achievement. It is suggested that the member states are not serious about regional cooperation or that the barriers to cooperation are huge. Progress is said to have been stymied by Indo-Pakistan differences.

 The animosity generated by the recent cross-border firings between the two, it is feared, will once again scupper regional cooperation. Yet the biggest stumbling block has not necessarily been the absence of good agreements. It is rather the failure to follow through on them.
Way Forward
Baburam Bhattarai
SAARC, created at the height of the Cold War, as an organization hasn’t lived up to its promise of promoting regional wellbeing.

Nepal has maintained amicable relations with all South Asian countries. As such, while we can’t be the determining power, we could facilitate smooth and better relations among member states. On that note, the 18th Summit should focus on developing trust among the countries.
Raise The Game
Biplav Gautam
Recently I was asked to write a tribute to a silver medal winning South Asian sportsman for a local organization about to honor him. While doing research for the homage, I stumbled upon a rather peculiar fact that most journalists must have missed out on or chosen to ignore. It turns out there were only two people taking part in the competition. The silver medal was assured!

Unfortunately, these types of sporting anomalies or lucky breaks, however you like to take it, are what South Asian sports fans must hope for if they wish to see their fellow countrymen find a place on the medal podium of major international tournaments.
Improving Security
Dr Rajan Bhattarai
Concept of cooperative security evolved particularly after the end of Cold War. This is a concept which emphasizes more on prevention of war by creating multilateral security framework between the states than by focusing on war. The basic thrust is that security makes sense at the level of individual human beings, reduces tensions and helps build confidence and develop better cooperation among the states to tackle the newly emerging security threats.

Cooperative security includes defense exchange, security dialogues and exchange of intelligence information. It organizes joint military exercises, enhances mutual cooperation and organizes regular mutual visits besides taking other confidence-building measures. This also includes creating multilateral framework between the states to help develop a constructive security mechanism so as to establish peace and stability. Cooperative security permits deeper understanding of mutual aspects of security and takes security beyond traditional military concerns.
Academic Connectivity
Cathryn Bennett
The connectivity among SAARC nations can be maximized by university connections, including more lenient mobility regulations for academics.

As the regional leaders convene in Kathmandu to address areas of cooperation like energy, transport, and travel, the untapped potential for improved connectivity lies in higher education networking and mobility.
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