Major Thrust of the Institute

Major Thrust of the Institute : In this rapidly inter-dependent and technology driven world polity of the 21st century foreign policy making is facing challenges, which have muted into qualitatively different categories from the issues, which had to be coped with in the preceding century. For instance, New Delhi has now not only to address issues of bilateralism and multilateralism, but also issues related to geo-politics’ and ‘geo-economic’ along with emerging non-state oriented security issues requiring maximum strategic flexibility to ensure military, economic, energy and environmental security in a comprehensive manner. Addressing both traditional and non-traditional issues now require constant interactivity between the civil society and government along with comprehensive monitoring and assessment and suitable adaptations on behalf of the Indian foreign policy making establishment, in this connection, enabling the Indian state to adopt ‘new age diplomacy’, which is dynamic, realistic and socially relevant in character.

The establishment of the proposed institute's need be viewed in this context. The Institute’s teaching and research agenda has been conceived with the aim of addressing some of these issues from an academic angle which, nonetheless, is also policy relevant.

The Institute would start with the introduction of a two-year M.Phil. Course in Foreign Policy Studies for 15 students and some specialised short-term diploma or certificate courses.

Simultaneously, the Institute is developing an active research agenda and regular seminar programmes, especially in the nature of civil society-government dialogues. In implementing its academic agenda, the Institute will cooperate with other research centres/think tanks and universities at the national and international levels