This paper analyzes complex foreign interests in the developing countries of South Asia, in particular Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh amidst drastic geo-political changes caused by globalization such as the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. While South Asia is nominally connected through SAARC–South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation, the organization has never worked very successfully in promoting collaboration and establishing self-reliance. We further examine the political and economic relationships among South Asian nations to see how power balances have changed in the last three decades.
Shrestha, Samyak and Singer, Wendy, "Understanding Regional Dominance in South Asia: Neocolonialism or a New Era?" (2022). Kenyon Summer Science Scholars Program. Paper 554.