Centre for Escalation of Peace (CEP)

"Peace is not just the absence of war.".

- CEP Website

The CEP (www.cepeace.org) takes the view that peace is not just the absence of war. Peace cannot be taken for granted; constant effort is required to enhance it as an anchor in a sea of rapid and far reaching strategic and socio-economic change. As such, peace must not merely be sustained, but escalated through various strategies & tactics akin to the pursuit of victory during war.

With that in mind, the CEP intends to create platforms and establish programs which encourage the free exchange of ideas across borders, with a distinct focus on empowering young minds. Its dialogues and activities revolve around three ‘pillars of calmness’, namely namely (i) Youth and Education; (ii) Trade & Sustainable Development; and (iii) Society and Culture.

The CEP has brought together under its banner a number of organisations and initiatives that have been working towards the overarching objective of escalating peace. Since 2013, CEP has convened Track 2/1.5 activities under the banner of The Thimphu Seminars which is its engagement with Bhutan. These Track 2 dialogues are currently being held every six months at a bilateral level between Bhutan and India. CEP also played a pivotal role in establishing the International Summer School, New Delhi (ISS) and continues to engage in various other activities that are aligned with its overall objective of escalating peace.


Mr. Arun Kapur, Chairman
Director of Vasant Valley School

Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, Member
Fmr. National Security Advisor and Fmr. Foreign Secretary of India

Ambassador Latha Reddy, Member
Fmr. Deputy National Security Adviser of India

Ambassador Shyam Saran, Member
Fmr. Foreign Secretary of India and Fmr. Chairman, National Security Advisory Board; currently Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries

Mr. Vikram Sood, Member
Formerly headed the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW)

Ambassador Sudhir Vyas, Member & Secretary General
Fmr. Ambassador of India to Germany, Bhutan & UAE; retired as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs

Ms. Suhasini Haidar, Member
Diplomatic and Strategic Affairs Editor, The Hindu

Centre for Escalation of Peace