NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Why do Conflicts Expand? The Case of Pakistan, J&K and Sri Lanka" by Suba Chandran, Lecture Hall, NIAS 9.30hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              Why do Conflicts Expand?

The Case of Pakistan, J&K and Sri Lanka


Speaker:            D. Suba Chandran

                          Professor & Dean, School of Conflict & Security Studies, NIAS



Chairperson:     Narendar Pani

                          Professor, School of Conflict and Security Studies, NIAS



Date:                 2nd May, 2018


Time:                 9.30 am


Venue:               Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited

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Abstract: Theories of conflicts have predominantly focussed on Prevention, Management, Resolution, Escalation and Transformation. Besides the above theoretical approaches, in South Asia, is there a need to focus exclusively on “Conflict Expansion” as an independent field of enquiry?


In Pakistan, J&K, Sri Lanka and Nepal, there is adequate evidence to prove “Conflict Expansion” as a phenomenon in the last ten years. While the old conflicts still simmer, or in different phases of resolution, there are new conflicts in the same geographic expanse. Why do Conflicts expand?


Is the Conflict Expansion inherent, or induced? Are they totally “new”, or a transformation of an earlier one? Do the stakeholders remain the same, or the Conflict Expansion adds new actors? Where lies the primary problem in Conflict Expansion – State, Non-State Actors and Civil Society? Can the "Expansion" be prevented?


About the Speaker: Dr. D. Suba Chandran is a Professor at the International Strategic & Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. His primary focus areas are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armed Conflicts and Peace Processes in South Asia. He edits an annual titled Armed Conflicts in South Asia, published by the Routledge/SAGE. He is an Associate at the Pakistan Study Research Unit (PSRU), University of Durham, UK.  Earlier, he was a Visiting Professor at the Pakistan Studies Programme, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delh and a Visiting Fellow at the following places: Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; ACDIS, University of Urbana-Champaign; and the University of Jammu, J&K.


He holds a PhD in international relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and a MA in Political Science from Madras Christian College (MCC), Chennai. Until 2015, he was with Director at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi.


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018