Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) is India's premier think tank for advanced research in international relations, especially strategic and security issues, and also trains civilian and military officers of the Government of India. Established in 1965, IDSA is funded by but independent of the Indian Ministry of Defence. The Institute influences the policies of India and other Asian countries; for example; the Indian Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence frequently calls on Institute experts.Fact|date=July 2007


IDSA is governed by an Executive Council, whose members are distinguished personalities from various walks of life and which is headed by a President. The Council is supported by Committees covering different aspects of the Institute's work. Executive Council Committees include: Appointments Committee, Programme Committee, Finance Committee, Membership Committee, and Core Committee for the New Campus. Members of the Council are elected for two-year terms at the Annual General Body meeting.

The current Council is headed by the Honourable Indian Minister of External Affairs Mr Pranab Mukherjee and has twelve members.


IDSA has a long standing reputation for quality research work in strategic and security affairs. The Institute's presently focused research areas are divided in following categories: South Asia, East Asia, Russia and Central Asia, West Asia and Africa, Europe and Americas, Military Affairs, Non-Traditional Security, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Terrorism and International Security. The Institute has a strong research faculty of more than fifty distinguished scholars drawn from academia, defence, foreign affairs, media and other civil services. The Institute's state-of-the-art library, situated at the heart of the Indian capital New Delhi caters to the needs of policymakers.


The Institute provides training and refresher courses to senior government officers drawn from various branches of Indian Civil Service, i.e., the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service, the Indian Police Service, the Armed Forces and the Para-Military Forces.

International Interactions

IDSA has strong international interactions through various means. The Institute holds international seminars and conferences, publishes journals of international standing, hosts to visiting scholars, and ties up with institutes from all over the world.

IDSA has recently held bilateral dialogues with the following institutes:

* [ Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Bangladesh]
* [ Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Israel]
* Center for Defense Studies and Information, Cuba
* Centre for Strategic Research, Tajikistan
* [ China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, China]
* [ China Institute of International Studies, China]
* [ Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, Malaysia]
* [ Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, UAE]
* [ Institute for National Strategic Studies, USA]
* [ Institute of International and Strategic Relations, France]
* Institute of Political and International Studies, Iran
* [ International Peace Research Institute, Norway]
* [ Japan Institute of International Affairs, Japan]
* [ Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies, Kazakhstan]
* [ Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany]
* [ National Chengchi University, Taiwan]
* [ National Institute for Defense Studies, Japan]
* [ Sichuan University, China]
* [ South African Institute of International Affairs, South Africa]


IDSA publishes monthly journals "Strategic Digest", and "Strategic Analysis" that comprise of writings of the Institute's fellows and of distinguished scholars of International Relations from all over the world but especially from Asia.

IDSA also publishes scholarly research monographs and books authored and edited by its fellows. Recent books of IDSA are:

* Sri Lanka : Search for Peace
* Pakistan Occupied Kashmir: The Untold Story
* West Asia in Turmoil : Implications for Global Security
* India - Japan Relations: Partnership for Peace and Security in Asia
* Weather and Warfare
* India and the World
* Emerging India: Security and Foreign Policy Perspectives
* Changing Security Dynamic in Eastern Asia: Focus on Japan
* Emerging Nuclear Proliferation Challenges
* United Nations: Multilateralism and International Security
* Bangladesh: A Fragile Democracy
* Russia China Relations: Relevance for India
* The Northeast Complexities and its Determinants
* A Clash of Political Cultures: Sino-Indian Relations (1957-62)
* Iraq War 2003: Rise of the 'Unilateralism'
* Jihadis in Jammu and Kashmir: A Portrait Gallery
* Navies of South Asia
* State Sovereignty in the 21st Century: Concept Relevance and Limits
* China's Naval Power
* Oil & Gas in India’s Security
* India’s Defence Spending: Assessing Future Needs
* Cambodia: The Lost Decades
* Indian Navy and South-east Asia
* India’s Maritime Security
* Kargil 1999: Pakistan’s Fourth War for Kashmir
* Argentina’s Nuclear Policy
* Building A Common Future: Indian and Uzbek Perspectives on Security and Economic Issues
* China's Military: The PLA in Transition
* Nuclear India
* Cooperative Peace in Asia
* Mutual Security: The Case of India-Nepal
* Indo-German Dialogue: Quest for International Peace and Security
* Bridges Across the Indian Ocean
* South Africa-India Strategic Partnership into the 21st Century
* India-China and Panchsheel
* Towards An Era of Cooperation: An Indo-Australian Dialogue
* Maritime Security
* India and Central Asia: Advancing the Common Interest
* Asian Security and China 2000-2010
* Asian Strategic Review 2002: Asian Security Strategies in a Period of Uncertainty
* Asia’s New Dawn: The Challenges to Peace and Security 2001
* Asian Security in the 21st Century


The following list comprises some of IDSA's distinguished present and present faculty members. Present Faculty Members
* Narendra Sisodia - Present Director
* Thomas Mathew - Deputy Director
* Arvind Gupta - Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair
* Dr G. Balachandran - Visiting Fellow
* Prof S. D. Muni - Visiting Fellow
* Amb. Ranjit Gupta - Visiting Fellow
* Sujit Dutta - Senior Fellow
* Phunchok Stobdan - Senior Fellow
* Brigadier B. S. Sachar - Senior Fellow
* Dr. Jyotsna Bakshi - Research Fellow
* Captain Alok Bansal - Research Fellow
* Dr Ashok K. Behuria - Research Fellow
* Wing Commander Ajey Lele - Research Fellow
* Ms Shebonti Ray Dadwal - Research Fellow
* Dr Sreeradha Datta - Research Fellow
* Colonel P. K. Gautam - Research Fellow
* Dr S. Kalyanaraman - Research Fellow
* Dr Uttam Kumar Sinha - Research Fellow
* Commander Gurpreet Singh Khurana - Research Fellow
* Wing Commander V. Krishnappa - Research Fellow
* Commandant Om Shankar Jha - Research Fellow
* Colonel Arvind Dutta - Research Fellow
* Dr P.V. Ramana - Research Fellow
* Dr Smruti S. Pattanaik - Research Fellow
* Dr Arpita Anant - Associate Fellow
* Dr Abanti Bhattacharya - Associate Fellow
* Dr Vishal Chandra - Associate Fellow
* Dr Pushpita Das - Associate Fellow
* Dr Pankaj Kumar Jha - Associate Fellow
* Dr Reshmi Kazi - Associate Fellow
* Dr Anand Kumar - Associate Fellow
* Dr Arpita Mathur - Associate Fellow
* Dr Shanthie Mariet D'Souza - Associate Fellow
* Mr Alok Rashmi Mukhopadhyay - Associate Fellow
* Dr Jagannath P. Panda - Associate Fellow
* Dr Raviprasad Narayanan - Associate Fellow
* Dr Cherian Samuel - Associate Fellow
* Dr Namrata Goswami - Associate Fellow
* Dr Nihar Nayak - Associate Fellow
* Dr M. Mayilvaganan - Associate Fellow
* Mr Laxman Kumar Behera - Associate Fellow
* Dr P.K. Pradhan - Associate Fellow
* Ms Ruchita Beri - Research Officer
* Dr Udai Bhanu Singh - Research Officer
* Ms Sumita Kumar - Research Officer
* Dr Rajiv Nayan - Research Officer
* Dr Meena Singh Roy - Research Officer
* Dr. Monalisa Joshi - Research Assistant
* Mr Thangjam Khurshchev Singh - Research Assistant
* Dr M. Amarjeet Singh - Research Assistant
* Ms Medha Bisht - Research Assistant
* Dr Priyanka Singh - Research Assistant
* Ms Priyadarshini Singh - Research Assistant
* Dr M. Mahtab Alam Rizvi - Research Assistant Past Faculty Members
* Air Commodore Jasjit Singh - Former Director
* K. Santhanam - Former Director
* Major General Som Dutt - Former Director
* Dr K. Subrahmanyam - Former Director
* Major General Dipankar Banerjee - Former Senior Fellow and Deputy Director
* Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar - Former Senior Fellow and Former Director
* Professor P. R. Chari - Former Director
* Professor Raja Mohan - Former Faculty Member
* Air Marshal Shashindra Pal Tyagi - Former Faculty Member
* Dr. Sheel Kant Sharma - Former Faculty Member

ee also

Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

External links

* [ Strategic Analysis]
* [ Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses]
* [ Ministry of Defence, Government of India]
* [ Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India]

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