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Countering Terrorism : Building a Common Approach in SAARC
This project aims to evolve a common policy agenda among leading think tanks in SAARC countries on measures to counter terrorism in the region. A commonly agreed document will be submitted to the SAARC Secretariat in mid-2009, prior to the next SAARC Summit.

This project is undertaken by the Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT) with support from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF). The first round of dialogue took place in Kathamndu in January 2009. Final Round took place in Dhaka in 2010.

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Seeking Synergy in Bilateralism
Edited By P R Chari
Taylor and Francis

The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, undertook a book project on the Indo-US Nuclear Deal in 2008. The book titled “Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Seeking Synergy in Bilateralism”, edited by PR Chari has been published by Taylor and Francis India and is the first such book on the Indo-US Nuclear Deal since it was signed in 2008.

The volume is a collection of 12 articles which sketch the role played by various actors — state and individual, both national and international, in either obstructing or facilitating its finalization. It examines and analyzes the various political and technical issues relating to the deal since negotiations between the two countries began and locates these within the totality of Indo-US relations. Further, it provides an analysis of the deal from different viewpoints — domestic, international, the media, non-proliferation lobbyists, pro-deal pressure groups, its technical dimensions, and most importantly, the political dynamics of the deal, making this work a holistic study of a significant event in Indo-US bilateral relations.

India-US Strategic Cooperation in South Asia: A Track-Two Dialogue

The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Conflict (CCC), US Naval Postgraduate School and the India International Centre (IIC) with support from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency held a two-day conference at the IIC, New Delhi in September 2008. The project seeks to examine the current status of the India-US strategic partnership, the progress achieved in the original partnership areas, the challenges facing the relationship, and the possibilities for improving strategic cooperation.  With this insight, the project will formulate ways to enhance India-US strategic ties over the next decade

Insights from India: Lessons from India’s Experience for the Future of Counterinsurgency Policy

The IPCS in collaboration with the India Studies Program and the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University held two conferences in 2008 on Insights from India: Lessons from India’s Experience for the Future of Counterinsurgency Policy. The objective of the project was to draw upon India’s rich experience in counterinsurgency campaigns (Nagaland and Mizoram in India’s Northeast, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Sri Lanka) in shaping counterinsurgency policy, doctrine and practice. Through these case studies, the project sought to examine both specific instances of counterinsurgency activity and any general trends in the evolution of Indian counterinsurgency doctrines, strategies, and training over time. The first conference was held in mid-March 2008 in India and the second conference in June 2008 in the United States.

SAARC: Towards Greater Connectivity

The prospects for SAARC are better today than perhaps at any time in its history. Even as some countries are passing through degrees of political transition, each state is faring remarkably well economically with rising GDP growth rates and buoyancy in economic indicators. This potential can be harnessed to promote further growth and to remove socio-economic deprivations by developing greater connectivity in the region and by harmonizing mutual strengths. It is with this aim that the IPCS, with support from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) organized a conference on ‘SAARC: Towards Greater Connectivity’ in January 2008. In four working sessions the conference explored different facets of connectivity and elicited views and opinions from an eminent group of South Asian scholars and professionals to recommend measures to implement the vision of the South Asian leaders.
The proceedings of this conference were published as a book in Colombo in July 2008

Reforming Security Sector Governance in South Asia

The Institute, with support from the International Development Research Centre, undertook a project on security sector reforms in South Asia . The objectives of the project were to develop well-researched status papers on the South Asian countries to contribute to educating civil society of the need for reforming the security sector; critically examine military doctrines, defence policies, equipments acquisitions, policies and their rationale in order to make these most cost effective, transparent and less threatening to others and to their own people

IPCS Workshop on Disarmament and Nuclear Issues for Govt. Officials and Serving Officers
The Institute, in collaboration with the IDSA, organizes workshops on disarmament and nuclear issues for GOI officials and serving officers from the armed forces. The objective of the workshop is to raise the level of awareness and understanding among serving officials in the GOI (both civilian and military) on contemporary nuclear issues. The first two workshops were held in August 2007 and January 2008. The third workshop was held in November 2008.
Radical Islam and Democracy: Indian and Southeast Asian Experiences

The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), undertook a study in 2007 examining the linkage between Islam and international terrorism and study of Indian democracy as a moderating influence on Muslims in the country which has prevented them from seeking recourse to radical Islam.  In May 2008, the IPCS along with the KAF organized a roundtable on “Radical Islam and Democracy: Indian and Southeast Asian Experiences” to deliberate the issue over a two-day conference in Goa.

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons: Cooperative Steps in Asia

The IPCS, with support from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, held two very important conferences in Colombo, Sri Lanka in December 2008. For the first time, at Track II level that India, China, and Pakistan met to discuss on important nuclear issues concerning the three countries and deliberated on the possibility of forming an “Asian View” to achieve the goal of “Nuclear Weapon Free World.”


The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region.

For those in South Asia and elsewhere, the IPCS website provides a comprehensive analysis of the happenings within India with a special focus on Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalite Violence. Our research promotes greater understanding of India's foreign policy especially India-China relations, India's relations with SAARC countries and South East Asia.

Through close interaction with leading strategic thinkers, former members of the Indian Administrative Service, the Foreign Service and the three wings of the Armed Forces - the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, - the academic community as well as the media, the IPCS has contributed considerably to the strategic discourse in India.

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