`This book addresses the concept and definition of peace, and the purpose and meaning of peace studies from a regional perspective... the book challenges the narrow approach that limits peace studies to studies of conflict resolution or conflict management. It draws attention to the social and political realities of the colonial and post-colonial world and the need for "peace with justice"' - Journal of Peace Research
The South Asian Peace Studies series has been conceived to showcase significant writings on peace studies in South Asia. The emphasis is on essays which demonstrate the importance of changing direction in various frameworks - from conflict management to peace, from national security to human security, from revenge to reconciliation, and from rights to justice.
This inaugural volume introduces the concept, scope and main concerns of peace studies. The 19 essays are grouped into three broad sections. The first discusses the definition of peace studies and its main themes. The second part looks at recent cases of conflict in the region, while the third considers new paths to conflict resolution based on dialogue and justice.