Rigorous research that cuts through the clutter

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

This special issue focuses on the prospects for cooperation between India and the United Kingdom, in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). In light of fresh commitments made by both states to work jointly in several areas, and the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific, the WIO has emerged as a key region where both states could further cooperate. By covering salient issue areas including security, the blue economy, and competition with China, the special issue shall contribute towards better operationalising the 2030 Roadmap and the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which outline the future trajectory of the India-UK partnership. It also contains extensive analyses of India’s engagement with key African states and the potential for more partnerships in the future. The issue features authors from both India and abroad, who have worked and written extensively on a region that has otherwise witnessed little scholarly attention.

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India-Bhutan relations on water are more in the realm of cooperation than conflict. To further build on the relationship, certain emerging issues need to be addressed by both states. In this paper, the authors have suggested win-win pathways for policymakers to explore.

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This paper highlights the objective of South Asia Water Diplomacy Initiative (SAWDI) to map a Zone of Possible Agreement (ZOPA) for bilateral transboundary water relationships between India-Bhutan, India-Bangladesh, India-Nepal and India-Pakistan, and present a range of policy options on which the states are most likely to cooperate. The authors outline and explain the project’s conceptual framework which relied on the concepts of normative systems, regulative and constitutive norms, and Zone of Possible Agreement (ZOPA).

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In this paper, the author investigates the state of play of private investments that have flown
into the country and delivered for sectoral climate responsive development at the subnational
level. Furthermore, the author assesses divergent drivers and actors and institutions involved
in climate finance by a decision matrix and builds a realistic evidence case of mitigation:
adaptation in non-domestic private finance. The identification of challenges for private climate finance readiness across sub-sectors is a first climacteric step in the search for ways to overcome and cure this bias. Additionally, the author attempts to describe interrelations between emerging challenges which either effective institutional capacity building or policies must take into account to enable the conditions for mainstreaming article 6 in India for mobilizing readiness to equitable access to adaptation and mitigation projects at India’s subnational level.

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Developed countries committed to USD 100 billion by 2020, but fell short of their target, which was then extended to 2025. The financing gap is much wider for developing countries to achieve their climate goals. This chapter presents the financing required to meet India’s renewable energy targets by 2030 and beyond, which is aligned with 1.5°C scenario.

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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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