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CSDR’s research philosophy is built on a foundation of critical thinking, non-partisanship, methodological rigor and evidence-based analysis. Our research products are created by experts who focus on what really matters. Attuned to a changing policy environment, CSDR’s four research centres build resources that can respond swiftly to the needs of clients.

Innovating incisive solutions for better policies

We facilitate optimal decision-making by providing policymakers with insightful counsel and cutting-edge solutions. CSDR’s publications , audio-visual products, and the annual foreign policy conclave (Foreign Policy Chaupal), cater to key actors at all levels of the policy world. In addition, we engage with a wider cohort of future thought leaders through training and education.

Resolving conflicts, one conversation at a time

Dialogue is the bridge between our research products and policy advocacy. CSDR’s platforms bring together members of the private and public sector, civil society and domain experts. These impartial conversations address competing priorities of multiple stakeholders through Track II dialogues, seminars, workshops, expert consultations, and media engagement.
Recent Publications

Crafted by CSDR’s experts, this report digs deep into the human facets of policymaking, decoding the cognitive processes, responses, and learning habits shaping India's strategic landscape. It covers India's G20 diplomacy, pivotal power relations with Russia, the U.S., and China, regional forays in West Asia and the neighborhood, and ground-breaking geo-economics and tech diplomacy strides. Blending Neo-Classical realist approaches with the historian's inquisitiveness and cognitive empathy, this report transcends norms. It marries theory with reality, revealing why and how India navigates its foreign policy arena. It's a forward-looking retrospective—a roadmap empowering informed predictions about India's future diplomatic endeavors.

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Europe’s strategic presence in the Indo-Pacific has become a matter of great substance in current global politics. The emergence of China as a disruptive maritime power, especially with its hardening stance toward maritime disputes in the Indo-Pacific, has forced a shift in many countries' strategic outlook, including some of the European countries. The EU as a multilateral body seems to be changing its strategic outlook about China, as well as on maritime issues in the Indo-Pacific. With the Indian Ocean being a gateway to the region, the EU’s Indo-Pacific outlook and Maritime Security Strategy (MSS) evolving to a new ground needs serious observation from India and other Indo-Pacific partners. This paper looks at the EU’s evolving maritime policy frameworks – like the MSS, Strategic Compass, and the Indo-Pacific strategy – to understand their complementarities and impact on its presence in the Indo-Pacific domain. Through a review of such an integrated approach by the EU, which emphasizes regional maritime multilateralism alongside bilateral frameworks, the paper outlines key trends that the EU could forge with India and other Quad powers such as Australia, Japan, and the US, to dissuade or possibly pose a challenge to the Chinese maritime dominance in the region. In particular, this paper will highlight the strategic convergence between the EU and the Quad powers including India on the maritime spheres in the Indian Ocean.

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This Charter of Values is an attempt to present a regional voice on values that should guide regional and international engagement in the Indo-Pacific. They present perspectives collected members of their epistemic communities and Track 1.5 actors from 10 Indo-Pacific countries.

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This article explores the multifaceted landscape of gender-related challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, while highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This comprehensive analysis scrutinises critical gender issues and the influence of gender discussions on policy making throughout the Indo-Pacific. The article also highlights the differences between the Indo-Pacific and the European Union in addressing these issues as well as their respective challenges and solutions. It delves into the root causes of gender disparities, and unpacks initiatives and progress being made in the region to advance gender equality. Ultimately, this article provides a holistic overview of gender dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, taking into account the unique challenges posed by the pandemic.

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This article argues that there is a need for greater regional, transboundary cooperation on Climate Action in the Indo-Pacific region. It suggests moving beyond a narrow focus on traditional security concerns associated with climate change, especially for military and border security.

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Center for Conflict Management

CCM conducts research and provides training on peace building, conflict management and mediation. We study and help manage conflicts in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific with a locally-rooted philosophy, drawing from the wealth of research conducted by our academic experts and decades of policy making experience of former practitioners.

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Center for Conflict Management

CCM conducts research and provides training on peace building, conflict management and mediation. We study and help manage conflicts in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific with a locally-rooted philosophy, drawing from the wealth of research conducted by our academic experts and decades of policy making experience of former practitioners.

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Center for Energy and Climate Security

CECS analyzes issues at the intersection of climate change, energy access, geopolitics, and security. We view climate diplomacy as a foreign policy priority in South Asia, and look to disseminate pragmatic solutions for decision-makers evaluating issues related to energy and climate change.

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Center for Energy and Climate Security

CECS analyzes issues at the intersection of climate change, energy access, geopolitics, and security. We view climate diplomacy as a foreign policy priority in South Asia, and look to disseminate pragmatic solutions for decision-makers evaluating issues related to energy and climate change.

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Center for Defense and Security

CDS analyzes and conducts research on nuclear deterrence, arms control, emerging military technologies and doctrines, civil-military relations, counter-insurgency operations, and military procurements.

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Center for Defense and Security

CDS analyzes and conducts research on nuclear deterrence, arms control, emerging military technologies and doctrines, civil-military relations, counter-insurgency operations, and military procurements.

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Center for Cyber, Space and Artificial Intelligence

CCSA maps the impact of emerging technologies on regional strategic stability. We intend to streamline the conversation around AI, cyber, and space technologies, allowing decision-makers to improve upon their strategies to reduce threats within these sectors, and capitalize on opportunities for cooperative action.

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Center for Cyber, Space and Artificial Intelligence

CCSA maps the impact of emerging technologies on regional strategic stability. We intend to streamline the conversation around AI, cyber, and space technologies, allowing decision-makers to improve upon their strategies to reduce threats within these sectors, and capitalize on opportunities for cooperative action.

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