CISD: Security and Nuclear Issues in South Asia Fri, 2016-12-09 18:29

In this talk Ambassor Dhanapala discusses safety concerns in South Asia with India and Pakistan being nuclear countries. Is it a threat to the stability of the region? What incentives can be given to follow a path of disarmament?

Nuclear issues in South Asia have always been a topic of discussion from the end of the 20th century with India and Pakistan conducting nuclear test one after the other.  As a Sri Lankan diplomat Dhanapala served in London, Beijing, Washington D.C., New Delhi, and Geneva, as well as represented Sri Lanka at several international conferences, chairing many of them including the historic NPT Review and Extension Conference of 1995. He was Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) from 1987-92. Later, Dhanapala was hand picked by Kofi Annan to take on the challenging job of Under Secretary General to re-establish the Department of Disarmament after the UN reforms of 1997 (1998–2003). Since then, Dhanapala has continued to be active internationally through his membership of several international groups such as the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); the International Advisory Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 2003-2007; the United Nations University Council till 2010 (Chairman for the year 2007-8); the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces; and the Advisory Council of the Stanford Institute for International Studies.