The Eighth Summer Workshop, September 2000
Lalitpur, Nepal
The Eighth Summer Workshop on Defence, Technology and Cooperative Security in South Asia, organized by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) was held in Godavari Resort, Lalitpur, Nepal, from September 10-20, 2000. Participants came from all South Asian counties and from China and were from a diverse professional background including public and private sector institutions, research establishments, media, academia and NGOs.

Faculty included eminent policy makers, renowned university professors and some former military top brass from South Asia and outside. They presented critical, balanced and objective views and various streams of thought on subjects of their lectures. The ten days workshop comprised of lively sessions of interactive lectures, discussions, and debates on a wide variety of subjects in the sphere of Defence, Technology and Cooperative Security.

The Key Note address was delivered by Prof Ramesh Thakur, Vice Rector (Peace and Governance), United Nations University, Tokyo, on Security in The New Millennium, extracts of which are included elsewhere in the newsletter.
Defence expenditures in South Asia, foreign policy and security perceptions, nuclear strategies and disarmament Issues, missile defence and cooperative monitoring, regional economic cooperation and international legal questions, were among many subjects discussed in the Workshop.

A list of participants and faculty with full contact details is given below.

The workshop alumni have now become a part of the RCSS network. Participants have already formed a forum to exchange views and news in enhancing their communication and networking through a separate web page. The RCSS will provide all necessary assistance in this endeavour. Selected alumni also volunteered to conduct a post workshop seminar in their respective cities to disseminate the knowledge acquired at the Workshop, for which again the RCSS will provide a modest support.

Ms Bushra Hasina Chowdhury
Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka.
Mr Md Obaidul Haque
Lecturer, University of Dhaka.
Mr Md. Nazrul Islam
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology,  Shahjalal University of science and, Technology, Sylhet.
Mr Sheikh Abu Faisal Md Murad
Research Associate, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).
Mr Sharif Atiqur Rahman
Research Internee, Centre for Alternatives, Dhaka.
Mr Tenzin Rigden
Journalist, Kuensel Corporation, Thimphu.
Mr HE Yao
Department of International Politics, Fudan University, Shanghai.
Ms QU Fei
Shanghai Development Institute, Shanghai.
Mr SU Dejin
Opinion Department, China Daily, Beijing.
Ms Tang Lu
Reference News Department, Xinhua News Agency, Beijing.
Ms Shalini Chawla
Research Assistant , Institute of Defence and Analyses, New Delhi.
Mr Alok Kumar Gupta
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Ms Sonika Gupta
Research Officer, Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi.
Mr Prakash C Hota
Journalist, Press Trust of India, New Delhi.
Ms S Kaur Multani
Lecturer, SGVN Junior and Degree College, Hyderabad.
Mr R Sridhar
Lecturer, Dept of Political Science, Madras Christian College, Chennai.
Dr Sashi Upadhyay
Lecturer, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Dr C Vinodan
Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala, Trivandrum.
Ms Aishath Shuweikar
Assistant Director, Department of External Resources, Ministry of Foreign Resources, Male.
Mr Ram Babu Dhakal
Section Officer/SAARC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kathmandu.
Ms Aabira Sher Afgan
Ms Bushra Asif
Research Assistant, Sustainable Development Institute, Murree
Mr Farooq Ahmed Dar
Lecturer, Government Gordon College, Rawalpindi.
Mr Abdul Shakoor Khakwani
Assistant Professor, Dept of Business Administration, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan.
Mr Adnan Rehmat
Editor, Internews, Islamabad.
Mr Farhan Hanif Siddiqui
Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi.
Mr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi
Lecturer, University of Pehawar.
Ms Nausheen Wasi
Research Assistant, Ford Foundation/ International Research Dept. University of Karachi.
Ms Thiloma Nirmala Abeyajeewa
Assistant Director, Legal Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo.
Mr K S Keerthi Ariyadasa
Lecturer, Dept of History and Political Science, University of Colombo.
Mr Dhamma Dissanayake
Lecturer, Dept of History and Political Science, University of Colombo.
Mr Chanaka Harsha Talpahewa
Assistant Director/ South Asia & SAARC Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo.