Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka, the latest book by Sumantra Bose, professor of international and comparative politics at LSE's Government Department, was launched in New Delhi on Friday 14 December.
Contested Lands is a comparative study of peace processes in lands riven by ethno-national disputes over sovereignty and territory. It is global in scope and ambition, but local in focus and method.
Mr Inder Kumar Gujral, prime minister of India from 1997-98, presided over the launch and formally released the book. Panelists at the launch included ambassador Lalit Mansingh, India's former foreign secretary, and major-general Dipankar Banerjee, currently director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi.
At the launch, held in the Gulmohar Hall of New Delhi's India Habitat Centre, Professor Bose spoke on the book's themes and arguments and responded to comments and questions from the audience. The event was also attended by P M Sukumar and V K Karthika, CEO and editor-in-chief of HarperCollins India.
A second launch event in Kolkata on Monday 7 January 2008 will feature General Shankar Roychowdhury, formerly chief of staff of the Indian Army and Bikash Bhattacharya, the mayor of Kolkata.
Sumantra Bose's other books include Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace (Harvard University Press, 2003) and Bosnia after Dayton: Nationalist Partition and International Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2002).
For more on Contested Lands, see http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/BOSCON.html
Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka was published globally by Harvard University Press in May 2007, and the edition for India and its neighbouring countries was published in November 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers India, in association with the India Today Group. The book is also being published in Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers, Beirut, in January 2008.
19 December 2007