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Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) is a non-partisan, autonomous body dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defense and security. Its mission is to promote national and international security through the generation and dissemination of knowledge on defense and security-related issues.

IDSA was established as a registered society in New Delhi on November 11, 1965. Its mission was to provide objective assessments of issues relating to national and international security. The initiative for setting up the Institute came from then Defence Minister Shri Yeshwantrao Chavan, who was one of the Institute’s founding members.

Since its inception, IDSA has served as a forum to debate important aspects of national and international security. It has played a crucial role in shaping India’s foreign and security policies, including with respect to nuclear weapons, military expenditure, and conventional and non-conventional threats to India.

Research at the Institute is driven by a comprehensive agenda and by the need to provide impartial analyses and policy recommendations. IDSA’s journals, monographs, briefs, and books are the principal mediums through which these analyses and policy recommendations are disseminated.

IDSA is funded by the Indian Ministry of Defence. It functions autonomously.


Parner in Strategic Analysis Special issue on India-Iran Relations.

The TISS established the Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM) on 6 May 2006. It brings together six decades of work by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in post-disasters relief and rehabilitation, as well as research and teaching on the subject. The JTCDM’s core agenda is the reinvention of disaster management in the country, by conducting critical research and training on disasters, vulnerability, appropriate technology and development. It also facilitates the setting up of holistic, accountable and participatory systems for disaster response and mitigation. The center’s work is based on principles of social and environmental justice and human security.


Parner in workshop on Challenges to Conflict Resolution: A Focus on the Dynamics in the Middle East held during 10-12 November 2011 in TISS Campus, Mumbai.

Considered one of the country’s premier cultural institutions, the India International Centre is a non-government institution widely regarded as a place where statesmen, diplomats, policy makers, intellectuals, scientists, jurists, writers, artists and members of civil society meet to initiate the exchange of new ideas and knowledge in the spirit of international cooperation. Its purpose, stated in its charter, was ‘to promote understanding and amity between the different communities of the world’. In short, the Centre stands for a vision that looks at India as a place where it is possible to initiate dialogues in an atmosphere of amity and understanding.

The idea of the India International Centre first came up in October-November 1958, when Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, then Vice President of India, and Mr. John D. Rockefeller III discussed setting up a centre for the ‘quickening and deepening of true and thoughtful understanding between peoples of nations’. Mr. Rockefeller suggested an International House on the model of Tokyo’s International House of Japan, in whose founding he had played a great part and offered a generous grant towards this end. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India, was so enthused by the idea that he personally took interest in the selection of the beautiful 4.76 acres site adjacent to Lodi Gardens, on which the present complex stands. Later, as the activities of the Centre expanded, an Annexe was added to the main complex in December 1996.

 Three core departments provide fitting platforms for its activities; the Programmes Division, the Library and the Publications Division. The activities of each of these departments complement the work done by other. Moreover, none of these activities are commercial in nature but are carried out in the spirit of public service.



Partner in Round Table and Panel Discussions.