Centre for Public Policy Research is set to host the 5th edition of its Quarterly Lecture Series.

This edition will feature Prof. (Dr.) Happymon Jacob who will talk on the topic, ‘Indo-Pak Relations: What Lies Ahead?’. Dr. Happymon Jacob is Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University where he teaches courses on Nuclear Disarmament, National Security and International Relations and, Foreign Policy Decision Making. He has widely published on nuclear issues, Kashmir conflict and Indian foreign policy. Jacob is a regular columnist with the Srinagar-based Greater Kashmir daily. He has been organizing and/or participating in the three most influential Indian-Pakistan track-two dialogues: Chaophraya Dialogue, Pugwash India-Pakistan Dialogue and, the Ottawa Dialogue on India-Pakistan Nuclear Relations.

He graduated in Philosophy (from the Jnana-DeepaVidyapeeth, Pune) and Social Sciences (Panjab University, Chandigarh). He then pursued a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Thereafter he received his M. Phil and Ph. D degrees from the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in Diplomacy and International Politics, respectively.

During 2003-04, Dr.Jacob worked with the New Delhi-based think tank Observer Research Foundation. In 2004, he joined the Department of Strategic and Regional Studies at the University of Jammu as a lecturer. He then, on leave from the University of Jammu, joined the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the JamiaMilliaIslamia University in New Delhi as a Visiting Fellow. He has also been associated with the Delhi Policy Group and the Centre for Air Power Studies, both New Delhi-based think tanks. Dr.Jacob was also a Visiting Fellow at the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan from December 2009 to February 2010.

Dr. Jacob has written extensively about Indian foreign policy, Kashmir conflict and India-Pakistan relations and security issues in general. He has published two short monographs (Rise, Fall and Resurgence of the Taliban, and HIV/AIDS as a Security Threat to India), an anthology of articles (Kashmir and Indo-Pak Relations: Politics of Reconciliation) and edited five books.

Dr.Jacob is a regular columnist with the Srinagar-based Greater Kashmir daily. Furthermore, he has written a number of op-ed pieces for The Hindu and other newspapers.

He has been a recipient of a number of major fellowships and awards: Kodikara Award for young South Asian scholars instituted by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies-2004; Emerging Leader Fellow-2013, instituted by the Australia India Institute, Melbourne University, Australia; “Personnalitéd’Avenir” at the French Foreign Ministry (2011); and Research fellowship by the AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI) (2007). He is currently Co-Directing a project on “Nuclearisation of South Asia: Implications for India’s National Security”, funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). The project, based at the School of International Studies, JNU, is an attempt at comprehensively understanding the impact of nuclear weapons on India’s security environment.


CPPR invites you to the 5th Quarterly Lecture on Monday, 23rd December, 2013 at 5:00 P.M.



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