Centre for Strategic Studies

The CPPR Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) aims to identify the strategic significance of India from a global perspective, and the role it plays in world affairs. The shifts in foreign policy with an emphasis on hard and soft power linkages will be the thrust areas of the centre. The centre will probe the implications of increasing global inter-dependence and foreign relations on India.

CSS envisages to come up with recommendations to ameliorate the discourse on strategic issues to enhance India’s global presence. This will be done with a qualitative analysis of past, present and potential strategies for developing relevant policy documents.


Hormis Tharakan

Hormis Tharakan, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Kerala cadre (1968 batch), was Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's external intelligence agency, from February 1, 2005 to January 31, 2007. He is the former Director General of the Kerala Police. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor to Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University.

Dr W Lawrence S Prabhakar

Dr. Lawrence Prabhakar Williams is Author, Researcher & Professor, International Relations & Strategic Studies, Formerly with the Department of Political Science, Madras Christian College. His books are Growth of Naval Power in the Indian Ocean Region: Dynamics and Transformation (2016), The Maritime Balance of Power in the Asia-Pacific: Maritime Doctrines and Nuclear Weapons At Sea (2006), Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region: Critical Issues of Debate (2008).

His research fellowships have been at IDSS & RSIS Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2004-07); The Fulbright Fellowship at University of Michigan Ann Arbor (1996); Policy Research Fellowships at The Henry Stimson Center, Washington DC (2001) & Center for Naval Analysis ,USA (2001).

Other research assignments have been with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC; Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii (2003); Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra (2007); Near East South Asia Center-National Defense University, Washington DC 2009-2012; Consultant, Net Assessment Directorate, IDS, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi (2001-04). Adjunct Professor & PhD Supervisor Naval War College, INS Mandovi; China Studies Centre, IIT-Madras

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October 17, 2019

CPPR Talk Series: Hong Kong Protests and its Implications

As part of the CPPR Talk Series, the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) organised an in-house talk on “Hong Kong Protests and its Implications”, delivered by Mr Muraleedharan Nair on October 10, 2019. Mr Nair has held various positions in […]
October 16, 2019

Absence of domestic peace major challenge to national security’

News report published in The Hindu related to CPPR 16th Quarterly Lecture delivered by Admiral Arun Prakash With Indian politicians being traditionally indifferent to national security, successive governments have failed to develop a national security strategy and this has placed […]
October 16, 2019

Vikrant theft a security violation: Ex-Navy Chief

News report published in The News Indian Express related to CPPR 16th Quarterly Lecture delivered by Admiral Arun Prakash Theft  of hard disks from country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) Vikrant, being built at Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), is a […]
October 16, 2019

India follows opposite model of China on defence transformation

News report published in UNI related to CPPR 16th Quarterly Lecture delivered by Admiral Arun Prakash India adds more men and less technology, quite opposite of the model followed in China on defence transformation, Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) said here […]
October 14, 2019

Afghan Quandary: Peace Talks Amidst the New Great Game

With the US–Taliban peace talks shaping the future course of Afghan conflict, the main stakeholders China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India driven by their geopolitical pursuits and vested interests jostle for influence over the final endgame of Afghanistan.  By Mona […]
October 12, 2019

‘Hong Kong stir will impact whole of China’

The Hong Kong issue is affecting the whole of China and Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet are closely watching the situation, said Muraleedharan Nair, former Indian consul in Hong Kong and senior fellow with Kochi thinktank Centre for Public Policy Research […]
October 11, 2019

India China Informal Summit

From border skirmishes to UNSC, China has consistently taken positions unfavorable to India. As PM Modi meets Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram, Mr Muraleedharan Nair, Senior Fellow CPPR explores whether the meeting can melt the ice between the two nations. This article was […]
September 25, 2019

India-Pakistan Cultural Homogeneity and Political Ties

Born of similar ancestry and sharing a homogeneous historical legacy in addition to cultural similarities, this article elucidates the ways in which India and Pakistan are more similar than they are different, a narrative that is often glossed over amidst […]
September 23, 2019

Far East in Doldrums: A Rupture in Pacific Rim

The geopolitics in Northeast Asia is changing swiftly having the potential to shatter the geopolitical and security balance in favour of rogue North Korea and expansionist China. North Korea’s continued testing of patience of the regional powers by its nuclear […]

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