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Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

Coordinates: 28°34′16″N 77°08′59″E / 28.5712°N 77.1496°E / 28.5712; 77.1496

Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, is an Indian think tank for advanced research in international relations, especially strategic and security issues, and also trains civilian and military officers of the Government of India. It is a non-partisan and autonomous body. It deals with objective research and policy relating to all aspects of defense and security. Its primary goal is creation and distribution of defence and security-related knowledge, thereby promoting both national and international security.[1]

Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis
IDSA India Logo.jpg
Formation November 11, 1965; 52 years ago (1965-11-11)
Type Public Policy Think Tank
Headquarters 1, Development Enclave, Rao Tularam Marg, New Delhi 110010
Director General
Jayant Prasad

IDSA has been called by media as one of India's most influential think-tanks, but is seen only as an extension of the Ministry of Defence.[2]



IDSA was established on 11 November 1965 as a registered society. IDSA is funded by the Indian Ministry of Defence but does not formally answer to it.[1] The Institute influences the policies of India a; for example; the Indian Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence frequently calls on Institute experts.[3]

Past headsEdit

Name From To
D. Som Dutt 1 August 1966 31 July 1968
K. Subrahmanyam 10 October 1968 30 September 1975
P.R. Chari 1 October 1975 31 March 1980
K. Subrahmanyam 1 April 1980 31 July 1987
Jasjit Singh 1 August 1987 31 July 2001
K.Santhanam 1 August 2001 31 July 2004
C. Uday Bhaskar (Officiating) 1 August 2004 8 September 2005
N.S. Sisodia 9 September 2005 15 November 2011
Arvind Gupta January 2012 July 2014


IDSA is governed by an Executive Council, whose members are distinguished personalities from various walks of life and which is headed by a President. The Council is supported by Committees covering different aspects of the Institute's work. Executive Council Committees include: Appointments Committee, Programme Committee, Finance Committee, Membership Committee, and Core Committee for the New Campus. Members of the Council are elected for two-year terms at the Annual General Body meeting.

The President is by convention, an ex-officio position, held by the incumbent Defence Minister. The current President is Nirmala Sitharaman.


The Institute's presently focused research areas are divided in following categories: South Asia, East Asia, Russia and Central Asia, West Asia and Africa, Europe and Americas, Military Affairs, Non-Traditional Security, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Terrorism and International Security. The Institute has a strong research faculty of more than fifty distinguished scholars drawn from academia, defence, foreign affairs, media and other civil services. The Institute's state-of-the-art library, situated at the heart of the Indian capital New Delhi caters to the needs of policymakers.[4]


The Institute provides training and refresher courses to senior government officers drawn from various branches of Indian Civil Service, i.e., the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service, the Indian Police Service, the Armed Forces and the Para-Military Forces.

International interactionsEdit

IDSA has international interactions through various means. The Institute holds international seminars and conferences, publishes journals, hosts to visiting scholars, and ties up with institutes from all over the world.


IDSA publishes monthly journals Strategic Digest, and Strategic Analysis that consist of writings of the Institute's fellows and of distinguished scholars of International Relations from all over the world but especially from Asia. It also publishes Journal of Defence Studies since 2009.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "About us". Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ India's most influential think-tanks
  3. ^ "Associated Institutions, Ceremonial Honours and Awards, Official Language Division and Defence Co-operation with Foreign Countries". Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^

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