South Asia Nuclear Dialogue Network (SANDNet) – Archives (2000-2003)

The South Asia Nuclear Dialogue Network (SANDNet) aims to bring together officials, NGO representatives, scholars, and others working to advance peace and security in South Asia. SANDNet weekly email and web updates provide news summaries, analysis, and discussion mainly from the South Asian press. SANDNet also serves as a repository for security-related government documents, substantial policy statements, and links to other high-quality web pages that focus on regional nuclear and security issues. In addition, SANDNet will commission scholarly analyses intended for both specialists and generalists.

The network facilitates communication and coordination beyond the Internet, including collaborative research, distribution of results and analysis, and policy-oriented meetings among SANDNet participants. SANDNet seeks to enhance the speed, clarity, perspicacity, and credibility of communication within this “virtual community.”

When fully implemented, the network will provide the following services:

  • An informational report distributed on a weekly or more frequent basis via listserve email delivery and web site posting. The report, inaugurated in January 2000, contains summaries of nuclear- and security-related news items, as well as headlines and web links to news and analysis from throughout the South Asia region. Material for the report will include contributions from network “* participant nodes” (see below).
  • An online “policy forum” will enable network participants to share analyses, opinions, and ideas. The forum will be moderated to ensure that the quality, breadth, and tolerance of the debate continues to serve the diverse community we seek to foster. Discussion forums will be available in print form.
  • An online repository for important documents, agreements, texts, and other background information, updated regularly and available via the Internet.
  • Training and instruction for network partners, including short-term fellowships at the Nautilus Institute and workshops convened in South Asia.

The substantive criteria of the South Asia Peace and Security Network include the following:

  • Focus on nuclear issues. Over time, attention to nuclear issues will be used to anchor the examination of such related issue areas as broadly-defined security and political concerns; economic development; energy production and use; environment, land, and resource issues; and democratic processes.
  • Regional breadth. Nuclear and security issues throughout South Asia extend beyond Pakistan and India to all states in the region. Intra-regional cooperation and conflict are an integral aspect of SANDNet focal concerns. Over time content will include regional representation from across South Asia.
  • Inter-regional breadth. SANDNet content will also address how nuclear weapons issues in South Asia both affect and are affected by developments in China, the Korean peninsula, and elsewhere in Asia. Over time content will include pertinent materials from China, Japan, Korea, and elsewhere in Asia.
  • Communication, research, policy development, and publication. By enhancing the access to and timeliness of communication among participants, SANDNet aims to facilitate collaborative research among its members. This collaborative engagement with the problems intrinsic to nuclear issues in South Asia aims to yield politically sensitive and meaningful ways to address these problems. SANDNet will disseminate the results of this work to the network community, governmental policy-makers, and wider public audiences.
  • Emphasis on reliability, credibility, and representation. SANDNet will strive to create an environment in which information, analysis, and opinion disseminated through the network reflect the diversity of viewpoints that exist across national boundaries and political spectrums. In particular, network participants are urged to open the network to “alternative” points of view that might be underrepresented in more conventional media. The principle guiding network inclusion will be tolerance of this diversity and respectful engagement with diverging points of view. SANDNet will strive to be a credible source of informed, high-quality dialogue and collaboration.
  • Electronic communications assistance. An important subsidiary goal of the network will be to enable participants to take greater advantage of Internet and world wide web opportunities as they pursue their agendas more effectively.
  • Virtual community. SANDNet will foster the development of a genuine community that will evolve beyond SANDNet activities in and of themselves. Many network features and activities–such as the establishment of partnership “nodes” and collaborative research programs–will encourage the growth of new group-to-group and person-to-person relationships, thus enhancing regional and sub-regional cooperation that reaches beyond the network itself.
  • Participant nodes. Initially, SANDNet production and coordination activities will be centered in the Nautilus Institute. Over time, the network will evolve into a truly collaborative enterprise. The Nautilus Institute hopes and expects that SANDNet will embrace the specialized knowledge and resources of organizations and individuals throughout the world.

If you have further questions, please contact the SANDNet Coordinator via email: <>

The South Asia Nuclear Dialogue aims to serve as a forum for dialogue and exchange among South Asia security specialists.

We welcome your commentary, suggestions, government documents, or original research for distribution to the network.

Produced by the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development in partnership with the Monash Asia Institute.

Robert Brown, SANDNet Coordinator:
Berkeley, California, United States

Wade L. Huntley, Security Program Director:
Berkeley, California, United States



SANDNet Weekly Update, June 28, 2001

CONTENTS June 28, 2001 Volume 2, #26 Nuclear Issues 1. Stimson Center Report 2. India Statements at UN 3. Pakistan Nuclear Policy 4. Missile Defense Issues Pakistan 1. Defense Budget 2. Military Government 3. India-Pakistan Summit 4. Pakistan Preparations for Summit 5. Pakistan-US Relations India 1. Military Hardware 2. Pakistan Military Government 3. India-Pakistan Summit […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, June 20, 2001

CONTENTS June 20, 2001 Volume 2, #25 Nuclear Issues 1. India-Russia Cruise Missile Program India 1. Overview 2. India-Iran Pipeline 3. India-Pakistan Summit 4. Kashmir Issue in Summit 5. Missile Defense Commentary 6. Shanghai Cooperation Organization 7. India-Russia 8. India-PRC Relations 9. India-Bangladesh Border Dispute 10. Nepalese Regicide Pakistan 1. Defense Budget 2. World Bank […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, June 12, 2001

CONTENTS June 12, 2001 Volume 2, #24 Nuclear Issues 1. Pakistan Nuclear Policy India 1. India-Russia Defense Issues 2. India-Kashmir Dialogue 3. India-Pakistan Relations 4. India-PRC Border Dispute 5. PRC Security 6. India-Bangladesh Border Dispute 7. Nepal Regicide Pakistan 1. Pakistan-India Relations 2. Islamic Groups 3. US Report on Kashmir Kashmir 1. India-Pakistan Talks 2. […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, June 7, 2001

CONTENTS June 7, 2001 Volume 2, #23 Nuclear Issues 1. Pakistan Proliferation Concerns 2. India Missile Program India 1. India-Russia Relations 2. India-US Relations 3. India-Pakistan Summit 4. Kashmir Dialogue 5. Nepal Regicide Pakistan 1. Pakistan-India Relations 2. Indian Fisherman 3. Pakistan-US Relations 4. Kargil Incident 5. Pakistan-Russia Relations 6. Military Hardware Kashmir 1. India-Pakistan […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, June 1, 2001

CONTENTS June 1, 2001 Volume 2, #22 Nuclear Issues 1. Pakistan Nuclear Anniversary 2. US Missile Defense Program India 1. Kashmir Ceasefire 2. India-Pakistan Dialogue 3. Commentary on Bilateral Talks 4. India-US Relations 5. India-PRC Relations 6. Kashmir Operations 7. Security 8. Afghanistan Pakistan 1. Indian Ceasefire in Kashmir 2. India Talks Offer 3. Reactions […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, May 23, 2001

CONTENTS May 23, 2001 Volume 2, #21 Nuclear Issues 1. South Asia Nuclear Issue 2. US Nonproliferation Policy 3. India Nuclear Program 4. US Missile Defense Proposal 5. India-PRC Relations: Missile Defense 6. Pakistan Statements on Missile Defense India 1. Overview 2. India-PRC Relations 3. India-Pakistan Relations 4. Kashmir Dialogue Pakistan 1. Military Hardware 2. […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, May 16, 2001

CONTENTS May 16, 2001 Volume 2, #20 Nuclear Issues 1. US Missile Defense Consultations 2. Commentary on Armitage Visit 3. India Nuclear Policy 4. South Asian Nuclear Issues India 1. US-India Security Relations 2. India-PRC Military Contacts 3. Regional Security Issues 4. India-Kashmir Dialogue Pakistan 1. US Missile Defense Proposal 2. Pakistan-PRC Economic Relations Kashmir […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, May 10, 2001

CONTENTS May 10, 2001 Volume 2, #19 Nuclear Issues 1. India Missile Program 2. US Missile Defense Program 3. Commentary on India and Missile Defense 4. US Nuclear Sanctions India 1. India-US Military Cooperation 2. India-Russia Talks 3. India-PRC Relations 4. Military Exercises Pakistan 1. Military Government 2. Pakistan-US Relations 3. Pakistan-India Relations Kashmir 1. […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, May 1, 2001

CONTENTS May 1, 2001 Volume 2, #18 India 1. India-Bangladesh Relations 2. Satellite Launch 3. India-Russia Military Deals 4. US Sanctions 5. India-Kashmir Dialogue 6. India-Pakistan Relations Pakistan 1. Military Government 2. Missile Proliferation 3. Terrorism Kashmir 1. Overview 2. India-Pakistan Relations 3. India-Kashmir Talks Sri Lanka 1. Peace Process Overview 2. Recent Conflicts India […]

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SANDNet Weekly Update, April 24, 2001

CONTENTS April 24, 2001 Volume 2, #17 Nuclear Issues 1. India Satellite Launch 2. Russia-India Trade 3. Pakistan Nuclear Commission 4. US Statements on Nuclear South Asia India 1. India-Pakistan Relations 2. India-Bangladesh Border Skirmish 3. Commentary on Border Skirmish Pakistan 1. Military Government 2. World Bank 3. Pakistan-PRC Relations 4. Pakistan-US Relations Kashmir 1. […]

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