The New World Order and Wars in the 21st Century

The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies invites you to a Lecture by Prof. Subrata Ghoshroy, Research Associate in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program at the Massachu­setts Institute of Technology, USA. 

The New World Order and Wars in the 21st Century

Prof. Subrata Ghoshroy, Research Associate,
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program,
 Massachu­setts Institute of Technology

chaired by

Prof. Rajaram Nagappa, Head, ISSSP


Monday, February 16, 2015 | 3:30 PM

at the

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


As the curtain came down on the twentieth century, there was a sense of great optimism that the new century would bring peace and security in the world since the Cold War was over. A decade on, the hopes for a new millennium of peace and prosperity have begun to fade. The first decade has already witnessed unleashing of an unprecedented military might on defenseless people in countries like the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Hundreds of thousands civilians have been killed and millions more rendered homeless in these wars. A new kind of war is being waged with unmanned aircraft called drones with names such as Predator or Reaper, which can attack a target with hellish Hellfire missiles. The “pilots,” who don’t fly, pull the trigger sitting in the comfort of air-conditioned command posts thousands of miles away. Instead of the much heralded “peace dividend,” military spending worldwide continued to rise and crossed the hitherto inconceivable trillion-dollar mark with the U.S. accounting for more than half. It is at this juncture I speak about the new world order and the wars of the 21stcentury.

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.

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