Aug 04: National Law School Seminar, International Law & International Relations. Speakers included: Amb TCA Rangachari, Manimuthu Gandhi, Supriya Rao,Mani Shankar Aiyar, Abhijit Iyer Mitra, Bedavyasa Mohanti.
Spoke on International Law & Maritime Affairs; it set off a very vbrant discussion and Q&A session particularly on China’s revisionist agenda, the frailty of UNCLOS and Systems at sea and the paradox of Order in the time of Derangements. Outline of the PPT: International Law & Maritime Affairs the Tussle between Sovereignty and Universality-Mahan’s Prescient Perspectives-Concept of the Global Commons and Nature of Domain-Governance and Order at Sea-Derangements and Power Struggles-Laws of War & Rules of Engagement.
With Ruhee, Rajeshwari, Mohanti, Gandhi, Supriya, Rangachari, Mitra & Students
July 05-06: Maritime Warfare Centre, Kochi; Diamond Jubilee Seminar.
March 29-30: Western Fleet Golden Jubilee. Admiral Nayyar made an erudite analysis of the evolution and intellectual development of the Fleet through anecdotes and personal experience. On the third wave transformation underway that would establish the vision and reach of the Fleet, the Quad provided the stage for just such a renewal. The venue for the presentation was Vikramaditya.
March 21-22: DSSC Aerospace and Nuclear Seminar 2018. Key note address and Chair Nuclear session.
March 20-23: INS GANGA Shrotamo asmi Jhanavi Decommissioning at Mumbai. Poignant moments. It was Ganga that ushered in methods to network and control the maritime operational domain. The awe and curiosity was more than apparent when we operated with the Admiral Vinogradov Task Group (in 1993 the Russians were operating out of area for the first time since the dissolution of the USSR)
INS Ganga BMF Vinogradov
February 26-28: IN-NMF ‘Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue, New Delhi
February 23: US Air War College dialogue “India, US and the Indo-Pacific”
Frame work of Presentation: Contemporary Trends and Developments Indo-Pacific
- Collapse of 20th Century Order and Post-Cold War Doctrines without an alternative
- (in the meantime) Global prosperity, The Indo Pacific Pivot of eco growth: 60% volume $5Tr value; power rivalries most intense
- (the fallout) Instabilities: unpredictable driven by a variety considerations; Maldives, Yemen, North Korea, Ukraine
- (the strategic irony) Acceptance of Authoritarian regimes
- (therefore)China: All systems warfare, OBOR proprietary routes vs free trade, Return of Alliances the Quad, competing control of global resources
- (paradox of an era of globalisation) Neo Nationalism: return to the inter war period (1919-1939), MSC 2018 no forum for conflict resolution, Int relations an aggregation national dictates, Global fallout of regional and sub-regional conflicts
- (ethnic and religious wounds open)Terrorism
- (potential for mass destruction) Nuclear weapons and the advocacy of TNWs, Proliferation & North Korea Syndrome
- Demographic flux; mass disgruntlement
- Climate Change
February 22: Strategic Workshop Preparation at NIAS. Presentation framework:
- Concept of Strategic Workshop, Scope and Objectives. Structure and Mechanics of Workshop
- Scenario Development Validation of Scenario
- Selection of Participants
- Play time Analysis and Logistics
November 15: Princeton University, Round table Nuclear Crisis Group and discussion with Students
November 7: Georgetown University, School for Foreign Service. Lecture: “Staring Down the Abyss”.
October 22: Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, International Security Studies Program “Nuclear Security on the Subcontinent.”
July 17: Army Higher Command College, Mhow; Panel Discussion on Nuclear Security
July 04: NIAS, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme.
Deliberations on proceedings of the First Meeting of the Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG) held at Vienna.
The real peril in the nuclear domain lay in the inability of formal establishments to track potential situations of nuclear conflict. If such risks remain ignored, misunderstood or mismanaged, they could even lead to unintended consequences. Recognising this, an international crisis group was formed as a sub-set of Obama’s nuclear legacy, a Global Zero Commission on nuclear risk reduction. The primary mission of the forum would be to generate analysis of these predicaments, develop proposals for de-escalation and consult with appropriate agencies to diminish the danger of nuclear exchange. The Group, an international assemblage of experts from nuclear armed countries and their allies has been set in order to realise this prospective initiative. Along with the deliberations of the meeting, the general features and purpose of the NCG, Admiral Shankar will also be addressing the various nuclear flash points that the NCG has identified- with a focus on the situation in the sub-continent.
May 5-6: The Nuclear Crisis Roundtable, Vienna
Global Zero’s newly formed Nuclear Crisis Group will hold their first conference on May 5-6, 2017 in Vienna, aligned with the NPT PrepCom. The conference – the Nuclear Crisis Roundtable – will be co-hosted by Global Zero and the government of Sweden and will take place at Schwedenhaus, Sweden’s embassy in Vienna. The Nuclear Crisis Group is an international group of esteemed experts from nuclear countries and their allies. The group will constantly track situations of potential nuclear conflict that risk being catastrophically ignored, misunderstood or mismanaged. It will produce analysis of these situations, develop proposals for de-escalation measures and conduct ongoing consultations with governments to de-escalate well before the nuclear threshold is crossed. This initiative builds on the work and expertise of the Global Zero Commission on Nuclear Risk Reduction. Co-chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering and General (ret.) James E. Cartwright, invited South Asian representatives at the roundtable are Vice Admiral (retd.) Vijay Shankar (India) and Gen. (retd.) Jehangir Karamat (Pakistan).
March 10: Force Commander’s Conclave, New Delhi
March 6-7: INS Viraat Decommissioning, Mumbai
February 6: Round Table Address, National Institute for Advanced Studies:
- Strategic Implications of Chinese Shang Class SSN Visit to Karachi
- Recent Reported Firing Trial of the Babur III.
- The Rafael Grossi’s Letter For Non-NPT Applicants to the NSG.
October 6-7: Address at the Goa International Maritime Symposium
September 28 : Book launch Address critical acclaim for “Left of Boom” or “No War. No Peace?” Authors: Perkovich and Dalton.
September 14: Round Table Centre for Policy Research and Atlantic Council: India’s Nuclear Futures
September 2-3: Conference on “Emerging Trends in Non-Traditional Security: Threats and Responses,” Christ University, Bengaluru. Valedictory address on “Non-Traditional Security Threats.”
May 6: Roundtable discussion on “Evolution of the Deterrence at Sea,” Carnegie Endowment for Peace, Washington D.C.
April 4-6: Oak Ridge National Lab, Tennessee USA (ORNL), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), and IIT (Delhi) Cyber Security Workshop.
March 29-31: International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. Round Table discussion on “Nuclear Deterrence at Sea: India’s Evolving Options.”
March 7: National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Department of Science and Technology Workshop. Address titled “Science and Technology in the Maritime Domain: an Indian Perspective.”
October 29: “Nuclear Submarines and Maritime Security in South Asia” Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
October 14: “Maritime Security in South Asia” Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC.
September 14 (AM): Confabulations with the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB, Sec. John Kerry’s) on “The Nature of Strategic Stability on the Sub Continent,” State Dept. Washington DC.
September 14 (PM): Presentation and Round Table discussion, “Nuclear Doctrinal Debate,” Carnegie Endowment, Washington DC.
May 3-7: Speaker, Fifth Annual Residential Young Scholars’ Workshop, Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy 2015, Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
End-March: Global Zero General’s Commission, Athens, Greece
January 23: National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore:
i. Lecture on Maritime Security (Annual Program for Senior Executives)
ii. ‘Development of Strategic Scenarios and their Gaming’ (Analysis of workshop conducted in March 2014 for Naval War College.)
October 6: Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Livermore CA; Talk titled “A Covenant sans Sword: India’s Nuclear Doctrine.”
September 22-26: University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Talks titled “Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean and West Pacific” and “Strategic Stability on the Subcontinent”
September 17: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Security Studies Program, Boston, MA.; Talk titled “Nuclear Security on the Subcontinent”
September: Atlantic Council, Washington, DC. Roundtable discussion on “Nuclear Security on the Subcontinent.” Audio of discussion available here.
June 20: National Defense College, New Delhi. Talk titled “Strife on the Global Commons: The High Seas”.
March 3-5: GIBSA 2014, Germany-India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue ‘Af-Pak, Global Economy & Maritime Security’
March 12-15: Strategic Workshop at National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
February 23-25: Strategic Studies Summit, Bangkok, Thailand. Talk on “Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region and the ‘Uncertainty Paradigm'”
Vice Admiral (Retd.) Vijay Shankar speaking on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region and the ‘Uncertainty Paradigm’ at the Strategic Studies Summit, Bangkok, 23-25 February 2014.
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