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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 the capacity building workshops is to build awareness on WMD threats and reintroduce the disarmament debate among young scholars in New Delhi. And also to elicit views and opinions from an eminent group of scholars on global and regional nuclear issues, and debate the possibility of a world free of nuclear weapons.

In 2008, the Institute organized two capacity building workshops. IPCS will organize more such workshops in 2009 as well.

Workshop 1: March 2008
India and Nuclear Issues: Contemporary Concerns

This workshop featured presentations by young scholars on three areas: India and International Nuclear Regime; Indo-US Nuclear Deal; and WMD Terrorism. Senior scholars, retired officials from bureaucracy and military were invited to take part in this workshop and give their inputs to those points made by young scholars.

The following papers were presented in this workshop. All these papers, were published later as Issue Briefs, which could be accessed from the IPCS Website

India and the IAEA
Arun Vishwanathan, PhD Scholar, JNU

India and FMCT
Sameer Patil, PhD Scholar, JNU

Internal Roadblocks to the Indo-US Nuclear Deal
Rekha Chakravarthi, Research Officer, IPCS

China and the Indo-US Nuclear Deal
Jabin Jacob, Research Fellow, IPCS

Radiological Terrorism
Reshmi Kazi, Associate Fellow, IDSA

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Workshop 2: August 2008
Disarmament and Regional Security: Reintroducing the Disarmament Debate among Young Scholars

In August 2008, the Institute organized A three-day capacity building workshop on nuclear disarmament and regional security was held in August 2008. Young schoalrs were invites as participants to this workshop, in which the leading scholars made initial presentations on various issues relating nuclear disarmament.

The Programme and the Speakers of this Workshop is listed below:

Inaugural Session: Nuclear Disarmament and Regional Security
Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee, Director, IPCS

Session I: In Theory and Practice: War Deterrence and Disarmament
Prof. Rajesh Rajagopalan, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, JNU

Session II: Treaties and Organizations
Prof. Rajesh Rajagopalan, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, JNU
Amb. Arundhati Ghose, Former Indian Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

Session III: Nuclear Weapons and WMD Terrorism
Prof. R Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Physics, JNU
Mr. Ajey Lele, Research Fellow, IDSA

Session IV: Documentary Film - The Last Best Chance
Panelist: Prof. P R Chari, Research Professor, IPCS

Session V: Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security: India and China
Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee, Director, IPCS
Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor in Chinese Studies, JNU

Session VI: Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security: India and Pakistan
Prof. P R Chari, Research Professor, IPCS
Dr. Manpreet Sethi, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies

Session VII: Proliferation, Safety and Security of Nuclear Weapons in Pakistan
Dr. D Suba Chandran, Deputy Director, IPCS
Mr. Prashant Hosur, Research Intern, IPCS

Session VII: Documentary Film – The War Game
Panelist: Prof. P R Chari, Research Professor, IPCS

Session IX: Indo-US Nuclear Deal
Dr. Vidya Shankar Aiyar, Executive Editor, CNN-IBN 
Ms. Gretchen Smith, Research Intern, IPCS    

Session X: Nuclear Weapons Free World: Reality or Rhetoric?
Prof. P R Chari, Research Professor, IPCS
Prof. R Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Physics, JNU
Amb. Arundhati Ghose, Former Indian Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

This project is supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

 
 
 

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