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.

Advisors

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 W Lawrence S Prabhakar is currently Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Madras Christian College, Chennai, India. Dr Prabhakar was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy Degree for his thesis “Strategic Thought in India Since 1971” from the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, India. He specialises in academic and policy research on the following areas: Nuclear Missile issues in Southern Asia; Maritime Security issues in the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific Region, Grand Strategy of China and India-United States Strategic Relations; Grand Strategy of India.


December 5, 2018

India-Singapore Relations: Exploring Potential Partnership

Strategically located on the Strait of Malacca, Singapore has the largest port in South-East Asia connecting the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. The dominance of the country on the Strait of Malacca makes the port one of the […]
November 22, 2018

India now ‘Pacific-minded’

Abstract The narrative of Indo-Pacific has been attracting vital attention in the global affairs, and India, formerly reluctant to respond, is now showing greater enthusiasm to embrace it. Though the narrative, in its indirect way, is poising itself against the […]
October 29, 2018

An interaction with Dr. W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar| Power transition in Asia-Pacific

Dr. W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar, Associate Professor of International Relations and Strategic Studies at Madras Christian College, Chennai shares his outlook on Great Power Transitions, Power Shifts in the Asia-Pacific: India’s Foreign and Security Policy, Position and Posture. Watch the […]
September 11, 2018

Local Actors as Force Multipliers: Lessons from Operation Madad in Kerala

The Southern Naval Command (SNC) announced a disaster management exercise, Chakravath, in April 2018, jointly with the State Government which involved participation from various state agencies and NGOs. This four-day disaster management exercise following cyclone Ockhi was aimed at enabling […]
August 13, 2018

Should the world be worried about a war in the Strait of Hormuz?

The US sanction against Iran and the Iranian rhetoric in response, have sparked another tension in the Middle East. An Iranian blockade at the strategically positioned Strait of Hormuz will prompt a war in the Gulf waters that will undoubtedly […]
July 6, 2018

India-Pakistan Relations| Dr. Happymon Jacob shares his perspectives

Dr. Happymon Jacob, Associate Professor of Disarmament and Diplomacy at the Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), Delhi shares his perspectives on India -Pakistan Relations in a talk organized at CPPR Office. Watch the video here:
June 14, 2018
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Muraleedharan Nair, CPPR Senior Research Fellow comments about the historic Trump-Kim summit

Muraleedharan Nair, CPPR Senior Research Fellow comments about the historic Trump-Kim summit in his oped “Uchakoodiyudae Bhavi” published in Mathrubhumi Newspaper on 13th June.
May 17, 2018

China’s African Foothold – Djibouti & Beyond

In February 2018, the small African country of Djibouti terminated a deal with Dubai Ports World, one of the world’s largest port and container terminal operators,that was struck in 2006 to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) at the Port […]
May 9, 2018

India’s Trade and Maritime Policy in the Indian Ocean Region

The Indian Ocean Region has always played a vital role in India’s foreign policy strategy and successive Prime Ministers have attempted to ensure that India remains the dominant regional power in the area. Maintaining freedom of navigation and ensuring a […]