Mutual Trust and Understanding Among South Asian Nations a Must
Author : Nur Ahmed
28 Nov 2022

Negotiation is one of the most crucial conflict resolution strategies. The essence of any negotiation lies in reaching a middle point by the parties involved in the process. But suppose the parties are reluctant to negotiate a disputed matter for fear of the fact that it will disrupt the negotiation. In that case, there is no point in entering into a negotiation in the first place. This is what is happening with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) or with the issue of regional cooperation in South Asia. The organization was founded upon the mandate that any contentious bilateral issue would not be negotiated or deliberated. This principle exposes not only the fallacy of negotiation within SAARC, but also the very essence of founding an Inter-governmental organization.