The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) released its latest publication “Implications of COVID-19 for South Asia: Civil Society Perspectives” during the last week of February, 2021. The chapter titles and authors are as follows:

Chapter 1

Retreat from Democracy, Rise of Executive Authoritarianism and COVID-19 in South Asia: Trends, Context and Futures

Jayadeva Uyangoda

Chapter 2

Regional Governance and Multilateralism in COVID-19 World: Causality or Catalyst?

Mallika Joseph

Nishchal N. Pandey

Chapter 3

Implications on Conflict Patterns and Regional Cooperation Process in South Asia

D. Suba Chandran

Sourina Bej

Chrishari de Alwis Gunasekare

Chapter 4

Sri Lanka and the Pandemic: Bracing the Challenge and its Implications

GPPAC-Sri Lanka

Chapter 5

The Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic for Pakistan: Civil Society Perspectives

Salma Malik

Chapter 6

“New Normal” Nepal: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Saloni Singh (advisor)

Surabhi Singh

Aslesh Shrestha

Chapter 7

The Role of Government and Civil Society in Responding to the Impact of COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Ashish Banik

Chapter 8

COVID-19 in India: Outbreak, Government Responses and Civil Society Initiatives

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Samreen Wani

Chapter 9

The Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic for Afghanistan: Civil Society Perspectives

Lailuma Nasiri

The editors of the book, Nimmi Jyathilake, Shavini De Silva and Ayodhya Amarajeewa are Programme Officers at RCSS.

This book, a collective effort of GPPAC (Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict)-South Asia members, consists of nine chapters. The first three chapters focus on the impact on democratic governance in South Asia, multilateralism and regional cooperation. Other six chapters audit country situations and civil society interventions in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Afghanistan. These chapters highlight the importance of positive civil society interventions in generating policies that are more effective, equitable and gender-sensitive that should be capable and influential enough to mobilise societal capacities in order to mitigate adverse social, economic and political effects of the pandemic and to shape the direction of post-COVID South Asia.    

The book is now available for purchase for Rs. 1400 (Sri Lankan Rupees) at the RCSS Kodikara Library. The opening hours of the library are 10 AM – 3.30 PM.

You can now contact us on 011 2690913/14 or e-mail to to purchase the book. Visit us at No. 20/73, Fairfield Gardens, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka.