PONI U.S.-India Dialogue

April 6, 2010 • 1:00 – 8:00 pm EDT

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The Project on Nuclear Issues will host a delegation of graduate students from India's Jawaharlal Nehru University to discuss key nuclear issues and build relationships with their counterparts in the United States.


On April 6, 2010, the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) will bring together a small delegation of graduate students from India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University with a select group of graduate students from the United States. The purpose of the exchange will be to convene a substantive dialogue on key nuclear issues facing both the U.S. and India and to build relationships among future leaders within each country’s respective nuclear community.

Format and Participation:

As with all PONI activities, a primary focus of the April 6th U.S.-India dialogue will be to provide a forum for graduate students to present their ideas and findings from their independent research. Each participant in the day’s talks will be called upon to deliver a short briefing (5 – 7 minutes) that they will have prepared on a nuclear weapons issue(s) of significance to both the U.S. and India. Briefings will be paired for presentation before the group, leading into open discussion facilitated by senior experts affiliated with PONI. Selected delegation leaders will be invited to deliver a short presentation, summarizing the day’s proceedings and highlighting key insights from discussion, at the PONI Spring Conference on April 8 – 9.

Participants will also be invited to submit a 2500 – 3500-word article based on their briefing for publication as a supporting paper to the year end PONI report on its international outreach.

Application Instructions:

Participation will be limited to a select group of graduate students. Those interested in participating in these dialogues should submit a 1-page document containing (1) their name, (2) university affiliation and degree program, (3) a notional title for the briefing they intend to deliver, (4) and a 500-word (max) abstract outlining the proposed briefing. (Briefings may be based on a paper completed for class and, if so, the paper may be submitted as a supplement.)

All applications should be sent to PONI Coordinator Mark Jansson at mjansson@csis.org by March 15.