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.

cold-war brinkmanship
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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