At the fifth workshop held in October 2006, WISCOMP brought together a select group of the Conflict Transformation program alumnae to envisage a future course both for WISCOMP’s India-Pakistan peace initiative and for the larger peace processes in South Asia. The workshop employed the framework of Multi-track Diplomacy to facilitate discussions on the Indo-Pak peace process and cooperative security in South Asia. The goals of the workshop were to:
The workshop program included discussions on the themes of regional security, women’s initiatives for peace, building synergies between track one and two, and “out of box” possibilities. Through multiple formats – roundtables, panel discussions, films, simulations, workshops, visual presentations and group work – the participants engaged with varied issues and perspectives. A significant highlight of the workshop was a face-to-face with Mr. Shiv Shankar Menon, India’s Foreign Secretary. The participants also interacted with Mr. Shyam Saran, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy – Indo-US Nuclear Deal; Mr. Javed Jabbar, Former Federal Minister, Pakistan; Prof. Narayani Gupta of Jamia Millia Islamia; Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Center for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University; Prof. S.D. Muni, faculty member, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Dr. C. Rajamohan, Strategic Affairs Expert, amongst others.
In the course of the workshop, the participants offered recommendations for progressive change for peace in school curriculum and pedagogy in India and Pakistan, and put forth a timeline for resolution of the Kashmir conflict.