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. 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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May 15, 2019

India’s Changing Outlook on International Forums

By Juanita Justin and Jayashri Ramesh Sundaram With the change in power dynamics, multilateral forums have played a key role in increasing India’s influence in the international system. The forums have been looked at as a platform for India to […]
May 2, 2019

India’s Engagements at ASEAN Forums

By Jayashri Ramesh Sundaram India’s engagement with the ASEAN nations began with the ‘Look East Policy’ of 1991. Today, India has 30 sectoral dialogue mechanisms and 7 ministerial-level interactions apart from annual summits with the ASEAN countries. The ‘Look East Policy’ […]
May 1, 2019

Rolling the Credits on Modi’s ‘Act East’ Policy

By Juanita Justin Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with Southeast Asia comes at a time of changing geopolitical architecture in the Southeast Asian and Indo-Pacific region. The government revamped the 1991 ‘Look East’ policy to the ‘Act East’ policy to […]
April 24, 2019

India and Japan: Strategic Partners for the 21st Century

Transcript of the Keynote address by Prof Kanti Bajpai at the International conference on “India and Japan Growing Partnership and Opportunities for Co-operation” organized by CPPR – Centre for Strategies Studies in collaboration with the Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai […]
April 23, 2019

“Soft balancing: A long-term strategy for India and Japan in Asia- Pacific” Prof Kanti Prasad Bajpai

Keynote address delivered by international affairs analyst Prof Kanti Prasad Bajpai, Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore at the two-day (26- 27 February) international conference on the theme “India and […]
April 22, 2019

India’s BRI Conundrum 

China will be hosting its second high-profile Belt Road Initiative (BRI) meeting from April 25–27 in Beijing. According to Chinese Foreign Ministry, over 37 heads of the states and governments have already confirmed their participation in the event. More than […]
April 22, 2019

Negotiating with the Devil: Taliban, the Afghan Peace Process and India

A war-weary Afghanistan is waiting with bated breath for another round of direct talks between the United States and the Taliban next week in Qatar. The latest round of talks will be unprecedented primarily because the Taliban has agreed to […]
April 18, 2019

India’s Extended Neighbourhood: Pivot to West Asia

By Gazi Hassan and Manaswini Vijayakumar From “hug diplomacy” to chai per charcha with world leaders, a significant shift has been witnessed in the way India used to conduct its foreign policy. What is new is the importance given to […]
April 16, 2019

Decoding India’s Stand on the Rohingya Crisis

By Jayashri Ramesh Sundaram India is neither a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention nor an ASEAN country. Yet, it has been criticised by the international community and media for its lack of condemnation of Myanmar atrocities and neglect of […]