Department of IR | Monsoon Lecture Series| Guest Session on “Is Nuclear Arms Control Dead?” by Ambassador Rakesh Sood | 20th November, Wednesday | AC 02 LT 110
November 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
The Department of International Relations invites you to its event of the Monsoon Seminar Series 2019 on 20th November 2019. Ambassador Rakesh Sood is delivering a guest session on “Is Nuclear Arms Control Dead?”.
Abstract: The nuclear age dawned in 1945 and almost simultaneously began efforts at nuclear arms control. Gradually, it took shape in the form of multilateral treaties like the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and a series of bilateral agreements between the US and the USSR and later Russia. Globally, nuclear arsenals are down to one-fourth of the numbers reached during the 1970s. Yet there is a growing perception that the arms control structure is unravelling. The earlier model of nuclear arms evolved against the backdrop of the Cold War, a bipolar world that ended in 1991. The INF Treaty, negotiated in 1987, is dead. Is a new nuclear arms race in the making? How can stability be ensured in the new nuclear age?
Speaker’s Bio: Ambassador Rakesh Sood is a Post Graduate in Physics and additionally in Economics and Defence studies. He has over 38 years of experience in the field of foreign affairs, economic diplomacy and international security issues. Before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1976, Ambassador Sood worked for a couple of years in the private sector. Ambassador Sood initially served in the Indian missions at Brussels, Dakar, Geneva and Islamabad in different capacities and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, later in his career. He set up the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division in the Foreign Ministry, which he led for nine years till the end of 2000. During this period, Ambassador Sood was in charge for multilateral disarmament negotiations, bilateral dialogues with Pakistan, strategic talks with other countries including US, UK, France and Israel (especially after the nuclear tests in 1998), non-proliferation related export controls and dealt with India’s role in the ASEAN Regional Forum, as part of the ‘look East’ policy. He then served as India’s first Ambassador – Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva. Ambassador Sood also chaired several international Working Groups, including those relating to negotiations on landmines and cluster munitions and was a member of UN Secretary General’s Disarmament Advisory Board (2002-03). Subsequently, he was India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to early 2008, Ambassador to Nepal from 2008 to 2011 and France from 2011 to March 2013. In September 2013, Ambassador Sood was appointed Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues; a position he held till May 2014. Since his retirement, he has been writing and regularly commenting in both print and audiovisual media on India’s foreign policy, its economic dimensions and regional &international security issues. He is a frequent speaker/contributor at various policy planning groups and reputed think-tanks in India and overseas. He currently holds the position of Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation. In recent years, Ambassador Sood has been invited to serve on company boards. Currently, he is on the Board of Eros International Media Ltd (since 2015), DHFL Pramerica Trustees Pvt Ltd (since 2016) and Taj Safaris Ltd, a subsidiary of IHCL (since 2017).