SASNET seminar on the role of prestige in state decision in India and Iran

SASNET and the Department of Political Science at Lund University jointly organize a seminar on ”The Role Prestige plays in a State’s Decision – the cases of India and Iran” on Thursday 12 April 2016, 13.15 – 15.00.  The speaker is PhD candidate Kanica Rakhra from the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. There she is an ICSSR doctoral fellow and a member of the Early Career Committee at ISPP. Currently she spends two months at Lund University on a visiting fellowship from SASNET. Venue: Conference room 367 at the Political Science department, Paradisgatan 5 H (House: Eden).
In her presentation, the role prestige plays in a state’s decision making will be discussed, specifically how it influences the nuclear programs of India and Iran. Prestige, as a concept, has been an underlying factor in state decision making and nuclear programs, specifically, have been associated with the notion of prestige. This seminar seeks to understand how the notion of prestige is viewed and interpreted by states and its relation with the security of a state. It aims to understand whether a state’s decision to have a nuclear program is linked to its idea of itself, and understand the determinants in this idea of its ‘self’. Two case studies of India and Iran are taken to interrogate this argument.