Professor Lawrence Sáez is Professor in the Political Economy of Asia in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is also co-director of the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security. He is also a visiting professor at SciencesPo, Paris. His research is focused on comparative political economy, particularly as it pertains to the challenges of economic reform across different industry sectors in emerging markets. He is the author of The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC): An Emerging Collaboration Architecture for South Asia (Routledge 2011), (Palgrave MacMillan 2004). He is the co-editor (with Gurharpal Singh) of New Dimensions of Politics in India: United Progressive Alliance in Power (Routledge 2011) and co-editor (with Katharine Adeney) of Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism (Routledge 2005).