The Geopolitics of Melting Mountains: An International Political Ecology of the Himalaya

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Abstract

The book addresses the urgent need for rethinking the geopolitics and ecology in the Himalaya. It does so by focusing on the entanglements between ecology and international politics in the Himalaya. Most international relations analyses of the Himalaya emphasize the central role of the region’s states and their great power struggles. By reducing the region to its state actors, however, we miss the intense more-than-human diversity of the region, and the crucial role that the mountains play in the global environment.

The book therefore reimagines the politics of an environmentally crucial global region and makes a major contribution to international relations theory by drawing on insights from international political ecology. It examines the Himalaya as a global region, before moving on to look at the international aspects of political ecology in the Himalaya through key areas of the mountains where international politics and ecology are deeply, inextricably linked. It includes three detailed case studies of different environmental and political issues in the Himalaya: icecaps (the India-China-Pakistan boundary dispute in the western Himalaya), foothills and forests (the Nepal-Bhutan-Sikkim borderlands), and rivers (the India-China-Bangladesh dispute over the Brahmaputra river basin). Each case study draws on a mix of source materials including fieldwork in the region, government sources, foreign policy discourse, Himalayan ethnographies, and environmental and ecological sciences scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9789819916818
ISBN (Print)9789819916832, 9789819916801
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameCritical Studies of the Asia-Pacific
ISSN (Print)2662-222X
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2238

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  • Conclusion: Greening the Himalaya

    Davis, A. E., 13 May 2023, The Geopolitics of Melting Mountains: An International Political Ecology of the Himalaya. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 181-193 13 p. (Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific).

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  • The Himalaya as an International Region

    Davis, A. E., 13 May 2023, The Geopolitics of Melting Mountains: An International Political Ecology of the Himalaya. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 51-80 30 p. (Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific).

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