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Myanmar at the Crossroads: Current Realities, Challenges and Opportunities

July 20-22, 2015, NIAS JRD Tata Auditorium, Bangalore

The International Strategic and Security Studies (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, organised an international conference entitled ‘Myanmar at the Crossroads: Current Realities, Challenges and Opportunities’ between July 20-22, 2015 at NIAS.

The conference discussed and deliberated the dynamics of political change and regime transition in Myanmar and what it meant for the world today and in particular for India.

Leading experts, academics, policymakers, journalists from India, Myanmar and the region participated in the three-day International Conference.

Group Photo of Speakers and Participants | International Confernce: Myanmar at the Crossroads | NIAS, July 20-22, 2015
Group Photo of Speakers and Participants | Myanmar at the Crossroads | NIAS, July 20-22, 2015

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NIAS IPCS Young Scholars Workshop on “Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy”

May 3-7, 2015, NIAS JRD Tata Auditorium, Bangalore

The Annual Residential Young Scholars’ Workshop (YSW), a flagship programme of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, provides a unique opportunity to students and young professionals to gain meaningful insight into the field of nuclear studies.

This year’s edition – Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy 2015 – the workshop was jointly organised by the IPCS and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

Group Photo of Speakers and Participants at NIAS-IPCS Young Scholars Workshop (May 4-7, 2015)
Group Photo of Speakers and Participants at NIAS-IPCS Young Scholars Workshop (May 4-7, 2015)

An unprecedented number of applications for GNPS 2015, making the competition keen and our task difficult, and the participant selection came in recognition of their academic and professional achievements. In addition to scholars from academic institutions and think-tanks across India, this year witnessed, for the first time, participation from young officers hailing from, among others, the Indian Army, Air Force, Border Security Force, DRDO and the Ministry of External Affairs.

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India-U.S. Workshop on  Science & Technology for Countering Terrorism in 2014 and Beyond

February 3-5, 2014, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

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The United States and India have long been victims of terrorist attacks. These attacks have affected the moral fabric of both the countries. This workshop aimed at bringing scientists and technical experts in contact with the agencies combating terrorism in the field so that there will be greater exchange of knowledge and experience. Through this the workshop aspired to identify specific areas of joint collaboration.

This workshop built upon a highly successful joint NIAS-NAS workshop on technical aspects of nuclear materials security, which was held in 2012. It was a follow-on to a similar event held in 2004, which involved then current and future leaders in science, security, and policy. During the planning stage of the workshop, the planning committee members of both the countries felt that it will be useful to approach the issues related to counter terrorism by a “systems approach”. It was also emphasized that presenting a few case studies during the workshop will make it more worthwhile; which will highlight the lessons learnt by the respective countries.

Since both the countries have been affected by natural disasters, it was also felt that there is a lot to be learnt from the efforts made towards mitigation and rescue operations. Technologies used for this purpose may well be useful in combating a terrorist attack. A session on “Emergency Management and Response” thus was included.

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India-U.S. Cooperation on Global Security: Technical Aspects of Civilian Nuclear Security

October 29-31, 2012, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS

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The 10th NIAS-CISAC workshop on the theme ―Technical Aspects of Civilian Nuclear Security was held at NIAS, Bangalore in 2012. The topics discussed during the technical sessions of the current workshop included Civilian Nuclear Security, Securing Nuclear Materials, Technologies and Physical Security of Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Forensics, Security and Human Factor at Civilian Nuclear Facilities, Cyber Security for Civilian Nuclear Materials Security and Systems Approach to Civilian Nuclear Security.

The basic goals and objectives of this joint workshop were

  • To build mutual understanding of how experts in India and the United States approach issues of civilian nuclear materials management and security;
  • To establish contacts among and Indian and US scientists and experts on nuclear materials security in order to explore future areas of cooperation relating to nuclear security issues;
  • To identify potential areas of cooperation in scientific and technical fields between the experts and institutions in India and the United States.


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Workshop Summary

Iran: A War has Begun

April 31 – May 1, 2012, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS

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The Round Table on Iran was organised on April 31 and May 1, 2013 at NIAS. The round table looked at various issues surrounding the current Iranian situation stemming from Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme. Some of the questions that the round table sough to ponder on were What is the best approach for resolving differences over the Iranian nuclear programme and preventing a conflict? How would a conflict possibly unravel given Iranian military, asymmetric and missile capabilities? What does a military conflict over Iran mean for international order and India in particular?

The implications of a military conflict involving Iran are serious for Asia, particularly India. About 85 percent of Iranian oil exports are eastward bound. Dependence on crude and natural gas imports from the Middle East and North Africa region including Iran poses a dilemma for Indian policy makers. New Delhi thus needs to strike a fine balance while basing its policy on realpolitik and national interest.

The revised papers presented at the Round Table have been published as a edited book.

Video of Day One Proceedings

Video of Day Two Proceedings

Rise of China: Indian Perspectives

December 20-21, 2011, J.R.D. Tata Auditorium, NIAS

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The remarkable rise of China in the last three decades has had a mixed global reaction. China’s growth has increased eighteen fold over the past 30 years. Currently the world’s second-largest economy, it is expected, to overtake the US economy in the first half of this century. While many countries have welcomed this rise, some other nations, especially some of China’s neighbors and even the US have viewed it with concern if not consternation.

China modernization of its armed forces has been a cause of concern for its neighbors and even for a superpower like the US.  Its aggressive postures in its disputes with the some of the South East Asian countries and even with India in its border dispute, has added to the global concern. Its anti-satellite testing and its efforts to develop an anti-ship ballistic missile to confront the US carriers in the Pacific Ocean are all seen as a new and aggressive face of a China well on its way to be a global power.

What does this rising China signify for India?  How do our leading companies feel about dealing with china on trade and technology issues? How much of a threat is China for India given our not too smooth relationship and China’s unqualified support to Pakistan in military and nuclear field.

To discuss all these questions and come to a consensus, a  seminar is being organized by International Strategic and Security Studies Programme of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore on Dec 20 and 21 2011.

While senior and retired officers from the Govt of India who have dealt with China are being invited, this seminar is also planning to have senior people from the Private. Sector, i.e. Companies who have business dealings with China, to know the issues involved.  Papers presented are expected to cover all aspects of China i.e.  internal political developments, foreign policy with special emphasis on India, growing military clout, economic  trade and  technology developments.

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Conference Programme

Science and Technology to Counter Terrorism

January 12-14, 2004, Goa, India

The Science and Technology to Counter Terrorism was held in Goa, India, in January 2004, organised under the aegis of the National Institute of Advanced Science (NIAS) and the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC), National Academy of Sciences, US.

The focus of the workshop was on terrorism and the employment of Science and Technology for its mitigation. Terrorism is not a new problem. However, terrorists now employ science and technology to conduct terrorist attacks across national boundaries. Despite its international reach, the manifestations of terror differ from location to location. The agenda of the workshop was driven by the desire to maximise the experience and expertise of the Indian and American participants, and to lay the groundwork for long-term collaboration.

The basic goals and objectives of this joint workshop were

  • Better understand the nature of the terrorist threat that we faced in both countries and elsewhere in the world, and how it became a global phenomenon;
  • Explore how science and technology could help in the fight against terrorism;
  • Explore opportunities for the U.S. and India to work together and identify areas for joint research and, potentially, for joint action.


List of Participants

Workshop Proceedings


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