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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


Takshashila Institution, Bangalore

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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.


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Lecture: India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)


International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP)


India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)


Lecture by

Dr N Ramamoorthy



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



Prof. Eligar Sadeh



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.

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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


The Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru

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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.

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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


Prof Subrata Ghoshroy

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


Wednesday, September 2,  2015 | 11.30 AM

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


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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.



will be delivered by

Shri Shyam Saran

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


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


Monday, July 27, 2015 | 3.30 PM

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Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012


Copyright: Veterans Today

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


July 20-22, 2015

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

NOTE: Participation is by invitation only

For details contact: Dr. M Mayilvaganan at &

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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


Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM

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Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012


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.

Call for Applications: Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy – Residential Workshop for Young Scholars


Call for Applications

Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy
Fifth Annual Residential Workshop for Young Scholars
May 4-7, 2015 | NIAS, Bangalore


 Jointly Organised by
Institute of Peace of Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi
National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore
Decommissioned Titan Missile (Copyright: jonkeegan via Flickr)

Decommissioned Titan Missile (Copyright: jonkeegan via Flickr)


The Annual IPCS Residential Young Scholars’ Workshops have been organised since 2008 with both national and international participation. The fifth edition of the workshop will be held in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Studies at their campus in Bangalore in the first week of May this year.

The primary objective of the IPCS is capacity-building in the next generation. This is in keeping with the chief purpose of the Institute’s nuclear workshop – towards familiarising the younger scholars with major strategic debates. To this end, the IPCS actively engages with the academic and strategic community in India.

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President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev Copyright: Liberty Bacon

The format of these workshops consists of a series of lectures, group discussions, presentations, simulation gaming exercises, and film screenings. They include deliberations on an array of topics like the science of nuclear weapons, warheads and missile systems, evolution of global nuclear capability, role of nuclear weapons in national security strategies, nuclear dynamics in Southern Asia, nuclear safety and security, nuclear terrorism, non-proliferation and export control regimes, case study of the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil nuclear renaissance and moves towards global nuclear disarmament.

The workshop will be conducted over a period of 4 days (May 4-7, 2015). The Workshop will end with paper presentations by the participants on issues discussed during the Workshop. IPCS and NIAS will provide for the participants’ travel within India and accommodation in Bangalore (at the NIAS Guest House, on a twin-sharing basis) for the duration of the workshop.

Since 2013, the IPCS nuclear workshops have been held in other parts of India to achieve outreach outside New Delhi. During these workshops, IPCS has drawn on the expertise of a wide range of eminent scholars and strategists, some of whom are listed below:

Amb Arundhati Ghose Mr Raj Chengappa
Amb KC Singh Prof Amitabh Mattoo
Amb Salman Haidar Prof PR Chari
Dr Ajey Lele Prof R Rajaraman
Dr LV Krishnan Prof. Rajaram Nagappa
Dr Manpreet Sethi Prof Rajesh Rajgopalan
Dr Venkatesh Verma Prof Swaran Singh
Gen VP Malik Rear Adm Raja Menon
Maj Gen Dipankar Banerjee Vice Adm Vijay Shankar


Junior faculty members at universities, researchers working with think-tanks, journalists, M.Phil and Ph.D research scholars, young officers from scientific departments and the defence services. Preference will be given to first time participants.

To apply, please send us the following documents attached as a single PDF file (Font Arial, Size 10):

  1. Curriculum Vitae of not more than 2 pages. In it, please specify your contact details.
  2. Statement of Purpose of not more than 1 page
  3. Writing Sample of not more than 1 page on a topic relevant to the workshop.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 27 March 2015.

The applications must be sent by email only, to <nukeworkshop2015[at]gmail[dot]com>

For the announcement in PDF click here
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