Through decades, South-Asia has been riddled with conflicts most of which could and should have been avoided. Consequently, the people of the region languish in poverty and backwardness while their counterparts in other countries of the world have taken gigantic leaps on the road to progress and emancipation.
The tragedy is that even after reaping the adverse dividends of many conflicts, the countries of the region remain smitten with a gnawing trust-deficit which has restrained the harnessing of their resources and energies towards the attainment of desirable common objectives. Of late, there have been some encouraging developments in terms of taking fledgling steps on the road to removing the simmering doubts that have kept neighbours apart. The need is to strengthen this forward movement and give it the much-needed impetus in terms of creating more commonality of interests and objectives and work towards bringing the governments and the people of the region together in pursuit of peace.
After a series of interactions among people who cherish similar objectives, Regional Peace Institute (RPI) was formally launched on June 16, 2013 with the inaugural meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG). RPI will principally focus on bringing peace to this controversy- and conflict-riddled region called South-Asia. The scope of work will encompass India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, China and the US. The Russian Federation and the countries of Central Asia will also figure in the parameters of work as will the countries of the SAARC and the GCC.
The principal stakeholders come from the academic, diplomatic and military communities. Some professionals with expertise in analysing the dynamics impacting the regional situation are also part of the RPI team. The Board of Governors also includes representation from other countries of the region.
The innovation of approach and, consequently, the materials that RPI produces together with strategic solutions recommended will have a lot to do with the people who are associated with the Institute.