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NIAS Strategic Forecasts: Reports Release and Discussion, 31 March 2017

The International Strategic & Security Studies Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), has been publishing a series of Strategic Forecasts highlighting trends, threats and projections on contemporary developments at the regional and global levels.

As a part of this series, the ISSSP is launching a series of new reports on 31 March 2017, followed by a full day discussion pertaining to US, China, East Asia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

We invite you to take part in this Forecast discussions and add value to the contents.

The discussion will take place at the NIAS Conference Room between 0930 and 1700 hrs.

Book Discussion: Not War, Not Peace? Motivating Pakistan to Prevent Cross-Border Terrorism

National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

International Strategic and Security Studies Programme

and

Takshashila Institution, Bangalore

Invite you to a

BOOK DISCUSSION 


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About the Book

not-war-not-peaceThe Mumbai blasts of 1993, the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, Mumbai 26/11—cross-border terrorism has continued unabated. What can India do to motivate Pakistan to do more to prevent such attacks? In the nuclear times that we live in, where a military counter-attack could escalate to destruction beyond imagination, overt warfare is clearly not an option.  But since outright peacemaking seems similarly infeasible, what combination of coercive pressure and bargaining could lead to peace?

The authors provide, for the first time, a comprehensive assessment of the violent and non-violent options available to India for compelling Pakistan to take concrete steps towards curbing terrorism originating in its homeland. They draw on extensive interviews with senior Indian and Pakistani officials, in service and retired, to explore the challenges involved in compellence and to show how non-violent coercion combined with clarity on the economic, social, and reputational costs of terrorism can better motivate Pakistan to pacify groups involved in cross-border terrorism. Not War, Not Peace? goes beyond the much discussed theories of nuclear deterrence and counterterrorism strategy to explore a new approach to resolving old conflicts.

About the Authors

George Perkovich is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has worked for three decades on nuclear strategy and security issues in South Asia. Perkovich is the author of India’s Nuclear Bomb.

Toby Dalton is Co-Director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focusses on cooperative security initiatives and the management of nuclear challenges in South Asia and East Asia. From 2002 to 2010, Dalton served in a variety of positions at the US Department of Energy.

 

All are cordially invited

Lecture: India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES

International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP)

 

India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)

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Lecture by

Dr N Ramamoorthy

 

Chairperson

Prof Rajaram Nagappa

 

05 July 2016, Tuesday

NIAS Lecture Hall, 1100 hrs

 

Dr N Ramamoorthy  served as the Director of the Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria. Earlier he was the Chief Executive (CE), Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT) and Associate Director, Isotope Group, BARC, Mumbai. Later he was appointed as Senior Advisor to Director-BARC

Public Lecture: Astropolitics and International Space Governance

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore-12

 International Strategic and Security Studies Programme

 

Public Lecture

 

 Astropolitics and International Space Governance:
Issues and Challenges for the Global Space Community and India

 

Speaker

Prof. Eligar Sadeh

 

Chairperson

Dr. Lalitha Sundaresan

 

   Venue, Date & Time

Lecture Hall, NIAS | Monday, May 09, 2016 at 11:30 am

 
About the Speaker:
 
Eligar Sadeh, Ph.D, is an Aerospace Professional and Educator. He currently serves as President of Astroconsulting International, which empowers space, defense, and environmental programs and projects with the critical technology management skills to optimize outcomes, and serves as Chief Editor of the academic journal Astropolitics. Previously, Eligar held professorships in Space and Defense Studies in the Center for Space Studies at the University of Colorado; Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and in the College of Aerospace Sciences, Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota. He also worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems as an Aerospace Systems Engineer on NASA spacecraft, and served as a Research Associate with the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. Eligar published a number of books and book chapters on space issues, as well as research papers in the academic journals of Space Policy, Astropolitics, and Acta Astronautica. Most recent publications include volumes on Space Strategy for the 21st Century (Routledge, 2012) and Politics of Space (Routledge, 2010), and book chapters and papers covering Spacepower, Regulation of Satellite Remote Sensing, International Space Governance, Satellite Export Controls, and Earth Observation Data Management. Eligar holds Ph.D., Master, and B.S. degrees with subject matter expertise in Technology Management, Program/Project Management, Space Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Systems Engineering, Engineering Leadership, Bioengineering and Bioastronautics, Remote Sensing, and Astrophysics.
 

All are cordially invited

RSVP: -080-22185024/5088

Book Discussion: Why India is not a Great Power (Yet)

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru-560012

International Strategic and Security Studies Programme

and

The Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru

Invite you to a

BOOK DISCUSSION

of

Why India is not a Great Power (Yet) authored by Bharat Karnad

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The Book will be discussed by

  • Bharat Karnad, Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Nitin Pai, Director, The Takshashila Institution
  • S. Chandrashekar, J.R.D. Tata Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)

Date: Friday, 9 October 2015

Time: 4:30 pm
Coffee/Tea will be served at 4:00 pm

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore-12

About the Author: Bharat Karnad is Professor of National Security Studies, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India. One of the foremost Indian national security strategists, he has been a member of the National Security Advisory Board, the Nuclear Doctrine Drafting Group and Adviser, Defence Expenditure, (10th) Finance Commission, India.

All are cordially invited

Defense R&D in the USA: How it is Conducted and Role of the Academia

The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies invites you to a Talk by Prof Subrata Ghoshroy, Research Affiliate, Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT, USA


Defense R&D in the USA:
How it is Conducted and Role of the Academia

by

Prof Subrata Ghoshroy

Research Affiliate, Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT, USA

on

Wednesday, September 2,  2015 | 11.30 AM

at the

Conference Hall-2, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012


Abstract

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Copyright: US Army Website

In this talk the Prof Subrata Ghoshroy will describe how the U.S. Department of Defense carries out R&D starting from basic research and then progressing to applied research and finally systems development. Subrata will also cover how research is organized through defense agencies like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and service research organizations such as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) or the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and also the role of the Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). Focus on the role of the universities in futuristic defense research will find mention as well as comment about research in aerospace systems, for example, among others. The speaker will also discuss the problems of technology assessment and technology transition from laboratory research to fieldable systems.


About the Speaker

Subrata GhoshroySubrata Ghoshroy is a Research Associate in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. His current research interests are global security with particular reference to South Asia, nuclear weapons proliferation, and disarmament. Mr. Ghoshroy is also keenly interested in science and technology policy and has written extensively on military R&D policy. Previously he was a Senior Defense Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and served in the U.S. Congress as a professional staff member and as a Science Fellow. Mr. Ghoshroy also spent a year as a Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. He was trained as an electrical engineer and spent two decades in defense research and development programs for high-power lasers. Mr. Ghoshroy’s publications in the last decade have focused on missile defense, nuclear weapons and space security policy. He is an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore. He holds two Master’s degrees, respectively, in Electrical Engineering and in Public Policy. Mr. Ghoshroy was born and raised in India and has lived in the U.S. for the last forty years.


Fourth K. Subrahmanyam Memorial Lecture

The Director and Faculty of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore have great pleasure in inviting you to the Fourth K. Subrahmanyam Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Shri Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change.


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K. SUBRAHMANYAM  MEMORIAL LECTURE

will be delivered by

Shri Shyam Saran

Former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change

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Climate Change and Energy Security: The Twin Challenges Confronting India

the talk will be Chaired by

Prof. Baldev Raj

Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Time: 6.00 pm (Coffee/Tea: 5:30 pm)

Venue: J.R.D. Tata Auditorium, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore 560 012


Abstract of Talk

Climate Change and Energy Security are two sides of the same coin. To deal with the threat of Climate Change, the world needs to undertake a strategic shift from current economic processes based on greenhouse gas(GHG) generating fossil fuels to those based instead on renewable sources of energy like solar energy and clean sources of energy such as nuclear energy. For an energy constrained country like India this strategic shift will be integral to its own ecologically sustainable development and also contribute to the global effort to tackle Climate Change. The challenge will lie in managing the transition, which imposes economic burden and in negotiating a global Climate regime which can enable and support India in this endeavour. Is India headed in the right direction on both these counts?”


About the Speaker

Shyam Saran is a former Foreign Secretary and has served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change. He is former Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board and currently Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, Delhi. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. Saran was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest national award, in January 2011 for his contributions to Civil Service. He writes and speaks regularly on foreign policy, climate change, energy security and national and international security related issues.

US Middle East Policy

The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies invites you to a Lecture by Prof. Brian M. Katulis, Senior Fellow, National Security, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.


U.S. Middle East Policy

Prof. Brian M. Katulis
Senior Fellow-National Security, Center for American Progress

on

Monday, July 27, 2015 | 3.30 PM

at the

Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012


Abstract

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Copyright: Veterans Today

President Obama’s Middle East policy record in his first six years in office was mixed and lacked significant signature achievements – but the July 2015 Iran nuclear agreement represents a major accomplishment.  Overall, Obama’s approach was cautious, as the United States reacted to fast-moving events.  The overall U.S. strategy focused on degrading terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP) to prevent a major attack on the United States and avoiding making the strategic blunders that his predecessor made.  Attempts to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace fell short twice and efforts to broker a peaceful settlement to Syria’s vicious civil war have not succeeded.  America’s response to the ongoing political shifts of the Arab uprisings has been uneven.


About the Speaker

Brian M. Katulis is Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington DC. He has been Research Analyst at the U.S Department of State and Graduate Fellow, Near East and South Asian Affaris at the National Security Council.  He comments frequently on policy issues in The New York Times and The Washington Post and media outlets including PBS Newshour and National Public Radio. A Fulbright Scholar, Prof. Katulis holds an MPA from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He speaks and reads Arabic fluently. 

Myanmar at the Crossroads: Current Realities, Challenges and Opportunities

The International Strategic and Security Studies (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, is organising an international conference entitled ‘Myanmar at the Crossroads: Current Realities, Challenges and Opportunities’. The conference intends to discuss and deliberate on the dynamics of political change and regime transition in Myanmar and what it means for the world today and in particular for India.

Myanmar at the Crossroads:

Current Realities, Challenges and Opportunities

on

July 20-22, 2015

at the

JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012

NOTE: Participation is by invitation only

For details contact: Dr. M Mayilvaganan at mumayil@yahoo.com &

 CC to Kaveri Ashok at kaveriashok@outlook.com


Conference Concept Note
Conference Schedule

About the Conference

It is critical to explore how these changes will evolve in the coming years and its impact on politics, economy and society of the country and Myanmar’s relations with other powers. The Conference also seeks to address the developments that are shaping the internal dynamics apartmyanmar from mapping challenges and opportunities in Myanmar. It is in this context that understanding India’s approach towards Myanmar and developing a coherent posture becomes significant so as to achieve India’s larger strategic interests. A careful examination and analysis of this therefore, becomes the main focus of the conference.

For long, India has discussed and debated the ‘Look East’, now called ‘Act East’, policy, as well as better road and rail connectivity that would boost tourism and investments in the Northeast. While the policy discusses what it would include as its goals – development, connectivity to Southeast Asia, more economic growth, etc. – very few in Northeast India understand why it is important for them, or how it will contribute to the prosperity of the region. Hence, it is also essential to understand the Northeast perspective on Myanmar. Finally it becomes imperative to understand the political, economic and defence engagement of China with the Myanmar.

The key thematic questions that will weave together the multiple interactive sessions of the conference are:-

  1. How far will the changes in Myanmar go? Are the changes in Myanmar irreversible?
  2. Does the change in Myanmar signify a real transition or is this more of spin and propaganda by the military, designed to relax international pressure while maintaining their grip on power?
  3. Will the general elections slated for October/November this year affect ongoing reforms? What lies ahead in Myanmar?
  4. How is the Myanmar-China relationship evolving?
  5. Does India have leverage in Myanmar vis-a-vis rising profile of other powers?
  6. Will India’s approach towards Myanmar suffice in the post-2011 scenario? If not what can be the appropriate approach that India can have?
  7. Does the stability in Myanmar’s periphery in turn secure India’s own north-eastern region?
  8. What are the challenges and opportunities that exist in Myanmar for India and in particular for the Indian industry?

The conference will make an attempt to identify recommendations for policy makers to strengthen the relations between the two countries. 

Energy Security Worldviews in Asia

The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies invites you to a Lecture by Prof. Deepa Ollapally, Professor of International Affairs, Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.


Energy Security Worldviews in Asia

Prof. Deepa Ollapally, Professor of International Affairs,
Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies,
 Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

on

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM

at the

Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012


Abstract

Many states appear to have strong sentiment on energy security and energy transit vulnerability. Some analysts see the rapidly increasing demand for energy and competition for energy resources fueling “resource nationalism” leading to nationalistic energy policies. Others argue that global trends with efficient energy markets and growing options on renewables suggest more relaxed energy outlooks. What does evidence from the world’s most important region for energy security—Asia (China, India, Japan and South Korea—tell us about worldviews on energy? How do key actors in the country with an influence on energy decision making view their country’s energy vulnerability and security? Is there an alignment of thinking on this or is it more contested? What are the strategies they promote (for example, market oriented Globalist, pragmatic Realist or more Nationalist policies; or blended?) How susceptible is the country’s energy policy to being “securitized” toward Nationalist preferences over market oriented international strategies along Globalist and Realist lines? Where is the center of gravity of thinking (Realists, Globalist, Nationalist? Or blended?) Dr. Ollapally will discuss some of the key findings from a collaborative research project on this topic that she is leading at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University.


About the Speaker

Deepa M. Ollapally is Research Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She also directs the Rising Powers Initiative at the Sigur Center.  Her areas of research and teaching are: Indian foreign policy; Asian regional security; comparative foreign policies of rising powers; international relations of South Asia; nuclear nonproliferation; and extremism. Her most recent book is Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan and Russia (Oxford University Press, 2012). She is completing the manuscript for an edited volume of Energy Security Worldviews in Asia.  Her co-edited volume, Nuclear Debates in Asia is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield. She is also the author of the book The Politics of Extremism in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2008). She has published extensively in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Asian Survey, The National Interest and Political Science Quarterly.  Dr. Ollapally holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

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