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 paper argues that the Indian Government and armed forces need to come together to drive a revamp of the defence procurement and industry ecosystem if they are to remotely succeed in their task of re-equipping the military with ‘Disruptive Technologies’ suited for the battlefield of the future and deliver state-of-the-art indigenously developed defence equipment. The overhaul and revamp of Indian defence procurement is the equivalent to “cleaning of the Augean stables,” and must be done if the local defence industry and procurement ecosystem are to pivot towards the military’s needs for the future battlefield.

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This paper attempts to provide a comprehensive analysis of Afghanistan’s tryst with finding peace in the last two decades, including the present U.S.-Taliban peace agreement and its possible implications on India and South Asia. The paper argues that while an externally mediated peace process does have far-reaching implications for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the South Asian region, divergent goals pursued by India and Pakistan in Afghanistan may further complicate the quest for peace in the war-torn country. Admittedly, unless both India and Pakistan develop a shared vision for peace in Afghanistan, its search for stability will continue to remain elusive. 

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Recent events have brought home the realization that China’s rise is bound to have serious implications for India and other smaller states in the region. It is now clear that India-China relations may be at an inflection point; and an increasingly aggressive China is pushing at its peripheries to announce its arrival at the global stage. While this has been happening for quite some time in the South China Sea, India is a recent victim in South Asia. It is necessary that India recognizes this geopolitical reality, and puts together a coherent strategy to balance China. This special issue consists of articles that make policy prescriptions for India through the next decade.

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Recent events have brought home the realization that China’s rise is bound to have serious implications for India and other smaller states in the region. It is now clear that India-China relations may be at an inflection point; and an increasingly aggressive China is pushing at its peripheries to announce its arrival at the global stage. While this has been happening for quite some time in the South China Sea, India is a recent victim in South Asia. It is necessary that India recognizes this geopolitical reality, and puts together a coherent strategy to balance China. This special issue consists of articles that make policy prescriptions for India through the next decade.

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Recent events have brought home the realization that China’s rise is bound to have serious implications for India and other smaller states in the region. It is now clear that India-China relations may be at an inflection point; and an increasingly aggressive China is pushing at its peripheries to announce its arrival at the global stage. While this has been happening for quite some time in the South China Sea, India is a recent victim in South Asia. It is necessary that India recognizes this geopolitical reality, and puts together a coherent strategy to balance China. This special issue consists of articles that make policy prescriptions for India through the next decade.

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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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