LKI and APLN to host di­a­logue on nu­clear pol­icy and prospects

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The Lak­sh­man Kadirga­mar In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Strate­gic Stud­ies (LKI) and the Asi­a­pa­cific Lead­er­ship Net­work for Nu­clear Non-pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment (APLN) will jointly host a lec­ture by Prof. Ramesh Thakur of the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity and Co-con­venor of APLN, on ‘Nu­clear Pol­icy and Prospects for Dis­ar­ma­ment in the New World Or­der.’

This lec­ture will be held on Fe­bru­ary 19 from 4.30 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. at the Light­house at LKI, Colombo 7.

The lec­ture will be fol­lowed by an ex­pert panel dis­cus­sion mod­er­ated by Jayan­tha Dhana­pala, for­mer UN Un­der-sec­re­tary-gen­eral for Dis­ar­ma­ment Af­fairs.

The pan­elists will in­clude Prof. Thakur; Sa­dia Tasleem, lec­turer in the Depart­ment of De­fence and Strate­gic Stud­ies, Quaid-i-azam Uni­ver­sity; Dr. Li Bin, Di­rec­tor of the Arms Con­trol Pro­gramme, Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity; Rakesh Sood, In­dia’s for­mer Am­bas­sador to the Con­fer­ence on Dis­ar­ma­ment in Geneva; and H.M.G.S. Pal­i­hakkara, Sri Lanka’s for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary and for­mer Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN. The event will con­vene the at­ten­dance of pol­i­cy­mak­ers and schol­ars, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the pri­vate sec­tor, think tanks, civil so­ci­ety, stu­dents, and the me­dia.

Prof. Ramesh Thakur is the Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Nu­clear Non-pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment at the Craw­ford School of Pub­lic Pol­icy at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity, and Co-con­venor of APLN. Ed­u­cated in In­dia and Canada, he was pre­vi­ously a Pro­fes­sor of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at the Uni­ver­sity of Otago in New Zealand, and Pro­fes­sor and Head of the Peace Re­search Cen­tre at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity. He has served as a con­sul­tant/ad­viser to the Aus­tralian and New Zealand gov­ern­ments on arms con­trol, dis­ar­ma­ment and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues.

The APLN has more than 90 mem­bers from 15 coun­tries across Asia and the Pa­cific, con­sist­ing of for­mer po­lit­i­cal, of­fi­cial and mil­i­tary lead­ers in se­nior po­si­tions as well as opin­ion lead­ers and shapers from other sec­tors of so­ci­ety.

LKI is a think tank which anal­y­ses Sri Lanka’s in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and strate­gic in­ter­ests, to pro­vide in­sights and rec­om­men­da­tions that ad­vance jus­tice, peace, pros­per­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Pro­fes­sor Ramesh Thakur

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