New Issues in Arms Control and Space
International Conference on “India’s Perspectives on Arms Control and Disarmament: Seeking Security through Cooperation”, May 18-20, 2015, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS
The conference sought to assess the Indian approach to nuclear disarmament and global arms control issues and also to explore how India should move forward, if there is a need for a new approach or if the country needs to expend more effort.
The focus of the conference was on four important trends and developments during the last decade. First, global politics and the contemporary prospects for nuclear disarmament; secondly, prospects and consequences of further nuclear proliferation, especially the likelihood that the world may be entering a New Nuclear Age; thirdly, multilateralism and disarmament politics and fourthly, new issues in arms control, specifically cyber security and Outer Space.
Dr. Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute Advanced Studies spoke on prospects of Arms Control efforts in light of reliance on space based assets for offensive and defensive platforms and the fact that separation between such systems is artificial at best.