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CIPOD Conferences

CIPOD Conferences

Conferences/ Workshops/ Panel Discussions since 2005

Professional and Career Preparation in International Relations

In the first such workshop, CIPOD faculty initiated discussion on a wide raging topics that included: writing professional letters, writing cv, publications (peer-reviewed, opinion, web-sites, co-authorship), attending seminars/conferences (Delhi and beyond)/CIPOD presentations, networking, fellowships/sources of funding/student exchanges, job applications/internships, API scores, facing job interviews, women in the IR profession, amongst many such issue.

26 February 2014

International and Comparative Human Rights Law Practicum

 A three weeks intensive workshop on Globalization and Labour was Jointly organized by CIPOD and the William S. Boyd Law School, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Programme Directors: Moushumi Basu (CIPOD) & Fatma Marouf (University of Nevada)

It sought to integrate classroom learning with fieldwork.  Students who participated were expected to not only expand their knowledge of substantive issues related to human rights and labour, but also learn hands-on how to interview victims of violations, document abuses, and draft human rights reports. Special lectures were also organized on selected work areas such as the garment, nursing and the construction industry with the objective of helping the students explore and analyze strategies for holding multinational corporations accountable for human rights violations that occur in their supply chains.

20 December 2013-10 January 2014

Seminar on Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Terrorism organised jointly with Centre for European Studies, SIS, JNU


Nuclear Disarmament – 20 Years after the End of the Cold War: A Non-nuclear Weapons State Perspective, Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs

International Framework and Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism, Ms. Elena Sokova, Director, Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)

19 February 2013

International Seminar on Globalization, Migration and Informalization of Labour Markets, organised in partnership with the Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.


Monday, 12 March 2012: Inaugural Session (10:30 -11.00)


Welcome Note: Swaran Singh, Chairperson, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Inaugural Remarks: Christopher Raj, Dean, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Background to the Conference:  Presentation by the Project Team

Moushumi Basu, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jonathon Moses, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Session 1 (11.30- 1.30): Historical Perspectives on Globalization, Migration and Labour in Colonial and Postcolonial Societies

Chair: Nivedita Menon, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University



Prabhu Mohapatra, Department of History, University of Delhi

Indian Migration in the Context of Global Labour Flows 1840-2000

Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Globalization and Labour

Gautam Navlakha, Consultant Editor, Economic and Political Weekly, The Challenge of Capitalism


Session 2 (2.00-4.00): Understanding the Interconnections Between Labour and Class as Categories in Contemporary Analysis of Globalization

Chair: Jonathon Moses, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Praveen Jha, Centre for the Studies of the Informal Economy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Some Reflections on the Making and Unmaking of Labour in the Era of Globalization


Rana P. Behal, Department of History, University of Delhi, Transforming Migrant Agrarian Communities in to Coolies: Assam Tea Plantations during Colonial Rule


Vibha Iyer, Department of Economics, Zakir Hussain Delhi College, University of Delhi, Globalization, Labour and the Persistence of Caste


13 March 2012: Migration Flows and Globalization (10.30 a.m. to 5.15 p.m.)


Session 3 (10.30- 1.00): Regulatory Framework Governing Migrant Labour

Chair: C.S.R. Murthy, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University



Surabhi Singh, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, International Organizations and the Regulatory Framework Governing Migrant Workers

Neha Wadhwan, Consultant, Ministry of Rural Development

Globalization, Gender and Migration in South Asia: A Case Study of Migrant Domestic Workers from Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum

Internal Migration in India: Census Based Report


Session 4 (2.00-3.30): Cross Country Experiences with Internal Labour Market Integration (USA, European Union)


Chair: Archna Negi, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University



Jonathon Moses, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Europe’s Race to the Bottom: Comparing US and EU Approaches to Labour Market Integration


Sheetal Sharma, Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Social Integration of Immigrants in Europe


Session 5 (3.45 -5.15): Cross Country Experiences with Internal Labour Market Integration (China, India)


Chair: Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum



Zhanxin Zhang, Institute of Population and Labour Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Science, China‚Äôs Internal Migration and Labour Markets: Multifaceted Perspectives


Moushumi Basu, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Capitalist Development and the Informalization of Labour Markets in India


Wednesday, 14 March 2012 (10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) Informalization of Labour Markets: The Indian Situation


Session 6 (10.30-1.00): Informalization and its Consequences


Chair: Jayati Srivastava, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Sneha Banerjee, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Women’s ‘Labour’ in the Market: Understanding the Case of Commercial Gestational Surrogacy


Indrani Mazumdar, Centre for Women’s Development Studies

Beyond Informality: Gender, Labour and Migration in Contemporary India


Kamala Sankaran, Department of Law, University of Delhi

Informalization and Precariousness in Employment


Session 7 (2.00-3.45): Issues and Challenges Facing Workers in the Informal Sector


Chair: Mitu Sengupta, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University


Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh

Contract Workers’ Struggles in Bhilai, Chattisgarh


Peoples Union for Democratic Rights

Mirage of Social Security for Migrant Construction Workers: A Case Study of Workers Engaged in the 18th Commonwealth games Construction Projects in Delhi


New Trade Union Initiative

Fighting Discrimination in the World of Work


Bigul Mazdoor Dasta

New Forms of Working Class Resistance in the Age of Globalization


Concluding Session (4.00-5.00): Open discussion of cross-country experiences 

12-14, March 2012

Half-day Seminar on

Evolving Security Landscape in Asia: Japanese and Indian Perspectives


Welcome Remarks: Professor Swaran Singh, Chairperson, CIPOD, SIS JNU

Introductory Remarks: Lt. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi, Professor & Director for International Programs, The National Defence Academy of Japan

First Presentation:

Professor Hatakeyama, US Foreign Policy after Obama‚Äôs Re-election

Commentators: Mr. Manish Dabhade, CIPOD, SIS, JNU

Second Presentation:

US Rebalancing Asia: Japan’s National Security Perspective, Lt. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi

Commentator: Dr. Happymon Jacob, CIPOD, SIS, JNU

Third Presentation:

China’s Rise from European & Japanese Perspectives, Mr. Shogo Suzuki

Commentator: Professor Ummu Salma Bava, Centre for European Studies, SIS, JNU

Fourth Presentation:

Current Debates on Sino-Japan Relations, Professor Tadokoro

Commentators: Professor LalimaVerma, Centre for East Asian Studies, SIS, JNU

Professor G. Vijayachandra Naidu, Centre for South, Central, Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies, SIS, JNU

Discussion/Comments and Questions

5 December 2012

Panel discussion on book Heritage, Memory and Identity, edited by Helmut K. Anheier (Heidelberg University, UCLA and Hertie School of Governance) and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (The American University of Paris), under the series Cultures and Globalization Series published by SAGE in 2011.



Professor Swaran Singh, as Chair


Professor Yudhishthir Raj Isar

Professor at the American University of Paris and Co-editor of Memory, Heritage and Identity


Professor Narayani Gupta

Historian known for her writings on Delhi including the co-authored Delhi: Its Monuments and History 


Ratish Nanda

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) Projects Director, trained architect and well-known conservationist


Siddharth Mallavarapu

Assistant Professor of International Politics at CIPOD, School of International Studies (SIS), JNU

30 August 2011


Discussion with Professor Gladys Lechini, Professor of International Relations at the National University of Rosario

CIPOD Faculty and Students

13 April 2011

Conference on India’s Foreign Policy: Evolving New Partnerships РIndian and Japanese Perspectives,

jointly organized with the Association of Asia Scholars (AAS), New Delhi

Mr. Kazutoshi Tamari, Doctoral Candidate, Chuo University/ Research Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science

Prof. Emi Mifune, Komazawa University

Prof. Takenori Horimoto, Shobi University/Visiting Professor of Kyoto University

Dr. Sarabani Roy Choudhury, CEAS, SIS, JNU

21 February 2011

The Challenge of Nuclear Security


13 May 2010

Disarmament as Humanitarian Action – Commemorative Conference on 10 years of Entry into Force of Mine Ban Treaty & understanding the ongoing United Nations process for an Arms Trade Treaty & other Disarmament Treaties, organized in collaboration with Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI), New Delhi


Conference Sessions

The conference included sessions on: Debating Disarmament Treaties; The Emerging Role of Civil Society and The Need for India to take a lead in the Disarmament as Humanitarian Action, apart from the welcome and the valedictory sessions.

Presentations and Debates

The chair of the inaugural session, Dean of SIS, Prof. Tyagi set the tone as he described the theme of the conference as "ambition, accomplishment, and plans of action." Recognizing the role of civil societies in the disarmament process he stated that landmine ban treaty is an unprecedented success, never before had civil societies done something more remarkable than this.  Lt. Gen. Malik, then said that military solutions to counter new threats should not cause humanitarian problem. This was followed by a short documentary "Make it Happen" by Werner Anderson, which is a photographic portrait of the human suffering caused by the cluster munitions.

Session II began with a presentation by Ms. Medha Bisht who revisited the making of the Antipersonnel Landmine Ban Treaty which has since transformed the contours of diplomatic practices. Ms. Binalakshmi Nepram underlined how "everyday thousands of people around the world are tortured, injured, or displaced by force armed with deadly weapons." She concluded by sharing the inspiring story of Jody Williams who was the main force behind Landmine Ban Treaty. Mr. Srinivas Burra explained the humanitarian law with respect to disarmament. He said, "Since World War II, the nature of conflicts has changed from international armed conflict to internal armed conflicts based on certain mandates."

Session III began with Maj. Gen. Nilendra Kumar outlining contours of ten years of journey since the Landmine Ban Treaty. He said, "non use of anti-personnel mines is now the international norm. However, India still has extensive minefields along its Western borders besides having stockpiles of millions of landmines." Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, took a hard political position on landmines and emphasised that "there is a need to broaden the concept of national security to include human security.‚Äù She stated that "banning anti-personnel mines is no doubt a humanitarian and political question. Efforts should be made to resolve border issues by joint agreements". Wing Cdr. Praful Bakshi,explained why India should take a lead in disarmament.  He pointed out that 88 per cent of the arms are manufactured by five permanent members of the UN Security Council. This was followed by the screening of second documentary, this one on landmines, made by SARD and ICRC titled "Mind your steps".

The concluding session was chaired by Prof. Amitabh Mattoo. He outlined how "civil societies are playing a vital role in disarmament process. The Mine Ban Treaty was negotiated in entirety in 12 months." In his Valedictory Address, Ambassador Satnam Jit Singh, said "this treaty has translated pious promises into concrete action, making substantial difference on the ground and giving real hope for the future when mines will no longer contaminate countries around the world, when there are no new victims and when the very thought of landmine is but an issue of historic note."

The list of resource persons included Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, Dean, School of International Studies, Prof. Rajesh Rajagopalan, Chairperson, CIPOD, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Professor, CIPOD, Lt. General (retd.), Dr. B. S. Malik as President, CAFI, Ms. Medha Bisht, Research Assistant (IDSA), Ms. Binalakshmi Nepram, Secretary- General, CAFI, Mr. Srinivas Burra, Legal Advisor, ICRC, Major General (retd.) Nilendra Kumar, Former Judge Advocate of Indian Army, Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, Professor, SIS, Wing Cdr. Praful Bakshi, Defence and Strategic Analyst, Mr. Bharat Dogra, Journalist & Social Activist, Ambassador SatnamJit Singh, Diplomatic Advisor to ICBL, Ms. Reena Mutum, Coordinator, Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network.

18 March 2009

Panel Discussion: The Kosovo Crisis: Its Causes and Consequences


Prof. Raju G.C. Thomas, University of Belgrade

Dr James Bissett, Canadian Ambassador to Former Yugoslavia

Mr James Jatras, American Council for Kosovo

Mr Earle Scarlett, Political Advisor at US Embassy in former Yugoslavia

Dr Srdja Trifkovic, Byron Foundation

13 February 2008


National Seminar on the theme: Norms in World Politics: Trade, Environment and Security.



In International Relations scholarship, norms serve as a useful device to explain the role of ideational influences in world politics. They represent a lens through which developments in world politics can be sensibly viewed and effectively analysed, while also providing for inter-disciplinary analyses. The focus on norms as the chosen theme was aimed at identifying common building material to develop views on different issues and aspects of international politics. The meta-norm of sate sovereignty remains the fundamental backdrop against which these inquiries are carried out in different spheres. The choice of the three issue areas – environment, trade and security – was made keeping in mind the relevance of these issue areas to each of the divisions of the Centre. Thus while the chosen issues provided room for maximizing utilization of divisional expertise, the overarching thematic focus on norms provided a common theoretical thread and direction to explore the issue-linkages at the seminar.

3 October 2007

Panel Discussion: The Indo-US Nuclear Deal


Prof. Varun Sahni, CIPOD, SIS, JNU

Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, SIS, JNU

Dr. Rajesh Rajagopalan, CIPOD, SIS, JNU

29 August 2007

Book Discussion: Second Strike: Arguments About Nuclear War in South Asia by Dr. Rajesh Rajagopalan

Prof. Varun Sahni, CIPOD, SIS, JNU

Prof. Bharat Karnad, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Dr. E. Sridharan, University of Pennsylvania Centre for Advanced Study of India

31 August 2005

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.