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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. This was the first time, even 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 conference consisted of prominent strategists, military persons, policymakers and academicians from India, China and Pakistan. The first was an India-China-Pakistan trilateral dialogue on elimination of nuclear weapons and the second conference was a simulation game exercise between India and Pakistan.

I. India-China-Pakistan Trilateral Dialogue on Nuclear CBMs and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

6-7 December 2008

Maj. Gen Dipankar Banerjee, Director, IPCS
Prof. Dingli Shen, Director, Centre for American Studies, Fudan University
Lt. Gen Nishat Ahmed, Former member Advisory Council on Security & Foreign Policy, Government of Pakistan

Global Nuclear dangers and Threat Perception
Sr. Col Yao Yunzhu, Colonel, People’s Liberation Army of China
Air Marshal Vinod Patney, Executive Committee, IPCS
Prof. Rifaat Hussain, Professor and Chairman, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-I-Azam University

Examination of Nuclear Capabilities, Doctrines and Policies
Brig. Naeem Salik, Former Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs, Strategic Plans Division, Pakistan
Air Marshal TM Asthana, Former Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Forces Command, IAF
Prof. Xia Liping, Professor, School of Law and Political Science, Tongji University

Fissile Material Stockpiles and Production Ban
Prof. R Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Prof. Dingli Shen, Director, Centre for American Studies, Fudan University
Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, President, Islamabad Policy Research Institute

A Possible Process of Moving Towards Global Nuclear Weapons Elimination   
Amb. KC Singh, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs
Dr. Hasan Askari Rizvi, Independent political and Defence consultant
Prof. Han Hua, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University

Conclusion and Summing up
Lt. Gen Nishat Ahmed, Former member Advisory Council on Security & Foreign Policy, Government of Pakistan
Prof. Dingli Shen, Director, Centre for American Studies, Fudan University
Maj. Gen Dipankar Banerjee, Director, IPCS

II. Peace: India-Pakistan Simulation Game Exercise

8-9 December 2008

A bilateral simulation game exercise depicting a possible nuclear conflict scenario between India and Pakistan was held following the trilateral dialogue. Exercise Peace was played as a two sided simulation game in two parts. Part 1 depicted a scenario where a possible nuclear strike by India on Pakistan was considered and required a counter response by Pakistan. The second scenario depicted a situation where Pakistan might have required using its nuclear option first, to be countered by India.


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