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The IPCS, with support from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, held its second trilateral dialogue between India, China and Pakistan in Fudan University, Shanghai on 8-9 August 2009. This is the first time, even at Track II level that India, China, and Pakistan met to discuss substantive issues relating to a stable nuclear order in Asia including the possibilities of nuclear weapons elimination. In continuation with the path breaking trilateral dialogue first held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in December 2008, experts from the three countries continued their deliberations in Shanghai.

Improving India-China Relations
Military CBMs | Economic Linkages | Connectivity

A project on “Developing a Framework for Regional Cooperation in Southern Asia”  is being undertaken by the IPCS with support from the MacArthur Foundation. The project seeks to sustain and strengthen the process by which India and China are able to cooperate on the key challenges affecting their bilateral relationship and, to involve their smaller neighbors in their economic growth stories.

India-US Bilateral Track-II Dialogue:

The Institute, along with the Brookings Institution and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) have organized dialogues on issues relating to Global security, the governance of biological threat reduction and China.

In the recent years, three dialogues have been organised on the following issues:

  1. A Plan of Action: Managing Global Insecurity, 18 February 2009, New Delhi
  2. Governance of Biological Threat Reduction, 8 January 2008, New Delhi
  3. Dialogue on China, 19-22 March 2007, Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan
Indo-Pak Track-II Dialogues on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
This project aims to facilitate a dialogue process on major bilateral issues and keeping official channels informed, with an objective to formulate areas of common action and policies. A key objective of this project is also to build a core group of concerned senior experts to address these issues of mutual concern and suggest feasible alternative resolution mechanisms. Supported by the Ploughshares Foundation and Peace Fund, there have been numerous dialogues in Colombo and Bangkok over the last two years on issues relating to CBMs. J&K, Afghanistan, Water issues, Terrorism and Trade.

Nuclear Security Programme (NSP)

Since its inception, the IPCS has been working on various issues related to disarmament, especially Nuclear Disarmament. We are the only research institute in South Asia that focuses on all aspects of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), including  Chemical, Biological and Radiological weapons.

Southeast Asia Research Programme (SEARP)

The programme, aims to promote research on Southeast Asia in India, and provide a platform for greater deliberation among policy-makers and academics, and to generate a pool of well researched knowledge on various policies concerning India and Southeast Asia, through organizing events and publishing reports.

Armed Conflicts in South Asia


The Programme on Armed Conflicts in South Asia is part of the Centre for Internal and Regional Security at the Institute. The activities of the programme are three dimensional, namely the Armed Conflicts Annual, Early Warning and Conflict Alert, and Peace Audit and Ceasefire Monitor. 


The China Research Programme of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies is aimed at achieving a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary socio-economic and political changes taking place in China. The primary focus is to enhance the understanding on internal developments within China.

Weak and Failing States in South Asia

The events of 9/11 catapulted concerns about ‘failed’ states to the centre stage of world politics. These states are those that are believed to provide fertile breeding ground for terror networks, since they are seen to provide ideal conditions for training, indoctrination, access to weapons and financial resources for their activities. It is commonly argued that weak and failing states are the primary bases for operations for most ‘US-designated foreign terrorist organizations’, including the al-Qaeda, since states that are not in control of their own territories and people, are seen as suffering from a ‘vacuum’ that terrorists, criminal groups or insurgents can fill up.

While there have been numerous theories and formulations on the idea of Weak and Failing States, mostly they have been authored by scholars from West. The Institute is working on the subject to understand from a South Asian perspective.

Capacity Building Workshops on Nuclear Weapons, Global Disarmament and Regional Security

To address contemporary concerns related to nuclear weapons, WMD threats, nuclear disarmament and regional security, the Institute organizes capacity building workshops for young scholars in New Delhi. The objective of these workshops is to build awareness on WMD threats and reintroduce the disarmament debate among young scholars in New Delhi. In 2008, the Institute organized two capacity building workshops and one in 2009. 
This project is supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

Media Workshops on Nuclear Weapons, Doctrines and WMD Terrorism
The Institute organizes media workshops for raising the level of understanding and reporting on WMD issues among the media. This project is supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

The first workshop was organized in October 2008.

Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security: Democratizing the Security Debate in India

To address the contemporary challenges in nuclear weapons, regional security and disarmament and build a more informed younger community of scholars, the Institute along with Universities, Colleges and Think-tanks organizes regional workshops. Two workshops were held in 2008 in Chennai, and the third workshop will be held in Bangalore during February 2009.

Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh: Building Peace and Countering Radicalization
The primary objective of this project is aimed at buidling peace, and countering three kinds of radicalization - regional, religious and tribal, that is slowly taking root in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

The project envisages surveys in twelve towns in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, select discussion papers and a workshop for the younger generation to discuss the above three issues. The Workshop will bring young scholars from different backgrounds in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, to debate the above issues, with an objective to make specific recommendations to counter radicalisation and build peace.

The project will come up specific recommendations to the civil societies and the governments in J&K and New Delhi.
Tourism and Softening Borders in J&K

This project is a follow up of an earlier project that the Institute undertook in 2008 titled - Kashmir Dispute: Making Borders Irrelevant. This project aims to answer the following questions: How can the tourism industry be developed in such a way to increase confidence between India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir region, and in a way that can promote conflict management? Which sectors in particular would need to be constructively engaged in sustainable and conflict-sensitive tourism development?
This project is funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).


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.

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