Public Lectures


India and Nuclear Suppliers Group

Public Lecture by Dr. N. Ramamoorthy, July 5, 2016

N Ramamoorthy India and NSGAbout the Speaker: Dr N Ramamoorthy served as the Director of the Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences at the Inter-national Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria. Earlier he was the Chairman and Chief Executive, Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT), and concurrently, Associate Director, Isotope Group, BARC, Mumbai. Dr Ramamoorthy retired from DAE-BARC at the end of April 2016, after having served as Associate Di-rector (Int Collab & Tech Coord), BARC, and concurrently as Senior Technical Adviser to Secretary-DAE and Chairman-AEC.

Abstract of Lecture: India prepared a huge document (330 pages) for its application to the NSG and submitted it in May 2016 explaining its qualification and eligibility to be included in the NSG. The NSG preparatory meeting for annual plenary planning was held in Vienna during 9-10 June 2016, and the NSG Annual plenary was held in Seoul, during 23-24 June 2016. The latter meeting discussed, despite certain opposition, India’s case for entry into the NSG. On India’s membership to the NSG, there is currently more uncertainty, than probability or feasibility. China is likely to remain as a main factor in determining India’s entry. Outside China, the US Presidency change later this year may have an impact on this process. While it is difficult to predict, it would be a pleasant and welcome surprise, if India is admitted as PG in NSG later this year.

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India-Pakistan Relations & the way ahead

Public Lecture by Ambassador Husain Haqqani, July 31, 2014

Amb. Husain Haqqani, Director (South & Central Asia) Hudson Institute and Former Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US visited the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore on July 31, 2014. He interacted with the ISSSP faculty and research staff.Later in the evening he delivered a public lecture on the topic India-Pakistan Relations & the way ahead.

Abstract of the Public Lecture by Amb. Husain Haqqani

Amb Husain HaqqaniBoth India and Pakistan need to act in a mature manner and move forward by transcending their prejudices and bitter history. It is time to replace the ‘Diplomatic Dance Approach’ with the ‘Great Leap Forward’ approach. Such an approach would necessitate setting aside issues which cannot be resolved immediately and recognise that both countries would benefit greatly from better relations.  Many issues between India and Pakistan are psychological in nature and defy logic. India-Pakistan relations should be based on reality and not influenced by ideology or psychological barriers. In this context the presentation focused on rise of religious fundamentalism in Pakistan and the need for New Delhi and Islamabad to move beyond the idea of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) and embrace Mutual Reassurance. The presentation assessed how terrorism undermines the prospect of reassurance between the two states and called upon India and Pakistan to not perceive bilateral relations as a purely zero sum game.

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Geostrategic Significance of the Arab Spring

Public Lecture by Professor Mohammed Ayoob, February 10, 2014

Prof. Mohammed Ayoob, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Michigan State University visited the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore on February 10, 2014. He interacted with the ISSSP faculty and research staff. Later in the evening he delivered a public lecture on the topic Geostrategic Significance of the Arab Spring.

Abstract of the Public Lecture by Prof. Mohammed Ayoob

mohammed ayoobThe unfolding drama of the Arab Spring has demonstrated that it was not as autonomous a process as it appeared at first sight – that it was not merely a struggle between the forces of democratization and authoritarianism, the good guys and the bad guys. More often than not external powers, both regional and extra-regional, determined the outcomes of these uprisings to a much greater degree than did the local forces: Yemen (Saudi Arabia and the US), Libya (NATO), Bahrain (Saudi Arabia), even Egypt (US, Saudi Arabia, Israel) demonstrate the veracity of this proposition. This has become clear above all in Syria with the US, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, supporting the opposition and Iran and Russia supporting the regime. The Saudi-Iranian, US-Iranian, and US-Russian proxy wars are in full swing in Syria making the conflict intractable. Consequently, what started as domestic processes of democratic transformation in many of the countries have become hostage to multiple proxy wars going on in the Middle East – between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the US and Iran, Russia and the US. The ironies of these proxy wars are not lost on keen observers of the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia leading the counter-revolutionary brigade when it comes to Bahrain and Egypt but supporting the “democratic” opposition in Syria. External powers support to one side or the other has far less to do with supporting democracy and much more to do with their own strategic objectives in the region.

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Pivot or Pirouette: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia

Public Lecture by Dr. Ashley Tellis, January 3, 2014

Dr. Ashley Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace visited the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore on January 3, 2014. He interacted with the ISSSP faculty and research staff.  Later in the evening he delivered a public lecture on the topic Pivot or Pirouette: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia.

Abstract of the Public Lecture by Dr. Ashley Tellis

Ashley TellisThe Obama administration’s “rebalance” to Asia has received widespread attention globally. In Europe, the rebalance has evoked fears that the United States might be abandoning old allies in light of the need to cope with new challenges elsewhere. In Asia, the rebalance has evoked mixed reviews: in China, it is viewed as a subtle form of containment whereas in other parts of Asia, it has been welcomed more fulsomely, even when many capitals have doubts about its effectiveness. So what is the rebalance anyway? This presentation will focus on understanding the genesis of the rebalancing policy, its specific objectives and its multiple dimensions, and its requirements for success. It will assess whether the rebalance to Asia can in fact resolve the fundamental challenges facing the United States and its allies in the region.

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