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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/Think-tanks organizes regional workshops. The objective of these workshops is reintroduce the disarmament debate among young scholars on global and regional nuclear issues and debate the possibility of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Two workshops were held in 2008 in Chennai, which were organized by the IPCS along with the Madras Christian College and Stella Maris College. Third workshop will be held at Bangalore, organized by the IPCS and School of Law, Christ University during February 2009. This project is supported by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). Reports of the first two workshops can be accessed from the IPCS Website.

IPCS Regional Workshop 1, September 2008
Nuclear Disarmament and South Asian Security: Regional Dialogue

The first workshop was organized in collaboration with the Madras Christian College, Chennai in September 2008. Leading experts from New Delhi had an interaction with experts from Chennai on various issues.

The following subjects were discussed in four panels:

Panel 1: Global Nuclear Disarmament
Panelists
: Maj.Gen.Dipankar Banerjee, Director IPCS & Dr. Gopalji Malviya, Research Advisor to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington
Discussant: Dr.Ramu Manivannan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras

Panel 2: Regional Nuclear Security Issues
Panelists
: Prof. P R Chari, Research Professor, IPCS & Dr. Lawrence Prabhakar, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Madras Christian College
Discussant: Prof. J.Diviyan,

Panel 3: Safeguarding Nuclear Assets And WMD Terrorism
Panelists
: Mr. L.V.Krishnan, Nuclear Scientist & Dr. Suba  Chandran, Deputy Director, IPCS
Discussant: Prof. Sridhar, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Madras Christian College.

Panel 4: Indo-US Nuclear Deal
Panelists
:  Mr. Raghavan, Former Adviser to International Commission on Peace and Development & Dr. Vidhya Shankar Aiyar, Executive Editor, IBN World/CNN IBN
Discussant: Dr.Sonika Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Science, IIT Madras

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IPCS Regional Workshop 2, September 2008
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Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security: Reintroducing the Disarmament Debate in South Asia

The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Stella Maris College, Chennai in September 2008. This was a first of its kind where Stella Maris College provided a platform for graduate students from various colleges in Chennai to present their research papers. Experts from Chennai and New Delhi acted as Resource Persons, where the following papers were presented by graduate and post graduate students.

South Asia in a Tinder-box
Ms. Poornima Weerasekara, Asian College of Journalism

Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia
Mr. Abhishek Joseph, Loyola College

India and Pakistan: Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence Stability
Ms. Vaishali Moorthy, Stella Maris College

Safeguarding Nuclear Assets: India & Pakistan
Ms. Tanya Saira George, Stella Maris College

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Security Issues
Mr. Kishore Kumar, Loyola College

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Implications for India
Ms. Bhuvaneshwari, Stella Maris College

Nuclear Disarmament: Is peace worth fighting for?
Ms. Krithika S, Stella Maris College

 
 
 

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