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The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) indulges in a plethora of activities.  The major activities undertaken at IPCS, as they have developed over the years, have been the maintenance of an interactive website, organising of conferences, panel discussions and colloquies, and most importantly bringing out publications of immense diversity.


The IPCS website (www.ipcs.org) was inaugurated in August 1997 to coincide with the celebrations to commemorate the 50th year of India's independence. Devoted primarily to South Asian security issues, the website receives approximately 1,00,000 hits each week. Despite being in its nascent stage, the website has gained the reputation of being one of the most comprehensive and reliable sources of information pertaining to South Asian security issues. Within this short span of time, the website has attracted a dedicated clientele of strategists, academicians, policy-makers, defence personnel, scholars and researchers into defence and security.

The IPCS website was the first interactive website in India devoted to South Asian security issues. Among its many laurels is the recognition conferred on it by the Encyclopedia Britannica as being one of the 'best sites on Internet for quality, accuracy of content, presentation and usability.'

Apart from news reports, the website carries informed comments on current security issues, summaries of seminar proceedings conducted under the aegis of IPCS, and a database. The website also boasts of an impressive archive, which has been consolidated on a monthly basis since August 1998, and has proved especially useful to researchers and academics.


http://www.ipcs.org/Acsa-conference.jpgThe Institute is known for the exclusive quality and tremendous output of the conferences that it has hosted over the period of 12+ years since it was established. These conferences have both national and international character in terms of the themes they touch upon and the participants that it comprises. IPCS conferences over the years, have focussed on important themes like Human Security, Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia, Energy Security, Armed Conflicts in South Asia and Refugees to name a few, bringing together experts from various parts of the region to discuss and deliberate upon these topics threadbare and arrive at policy-relevant conclusions. The conference papers and proceedings are later published as books. The conferences are generally organised over the course of an entire day, sometimes two. The most recent IPCS conferences have been:

Armed Conflicts in South Asia: Sixth Annual Conference and the Release of Armed Conflicts Omnibus
1 & 2 March 2012

Sino-Indian Economic Dialogue: From Bilateral Trade to Strategic Partnership
25 & 26 February 2012

The Naxal Problem: Understanding Issues, Challenges and Alternative Approaches
13 January 2012

Inside Southeast Asia: Internal Political Challenges, Inter-State Conflicts and Regional Security
25 November 2011


In addition to conferences, IPCS is also known for organising Panel Discussions on pressing political and economic issues. These panel discussions comprise experts from various disciplines and professions making initial remarks on the theme. These discussions are then followed up by an active question and answer rounds and discussions of never ending magnitude. The recent IPCS Panel Discussions are:

Deconstructing China’s “Assertiveness”: A Psychological Science Perspective
22 February 2012

Iran and Regional Security: Understanding Tehran's Predicaments, Objectives and Strategies
6 January 2012

South China Sea: Opportunity or Liability?
7 December 2012

http://www.ipcs.org/images/events/main/_1916191559_1.JPGThe IPCS Colloquy is an effort to enable young scholars brainstorm on a topical issue. The sub-title of the colloquy ‘Young Voices, Alternative Ideas,’ correctly explains the mandate behind this exercise. The objectives are to discuss an issue, explore tangents and engage in a constructive deliberation. The IPCS Colloquy series has been organized since 2008 and we have had 50 colloquies so far. It offers a platform for young scholars to share their ideas. The recent IPCS Colloquies have been:

Emerging India: Mapping the Trajectory
21 February 2012

India’s Stakes, Leverages and Strategies
17 February 2012

An Annual Review of India's Neighbourhood - Afghanistan and Pakistan
25 January 2012


The IPCS has constituted two task forces in the year 2011 to work on issues of strategic importance. They are the IPCS Task Force on India's Nuclear Doctrine: An Alternative Blueprint and the IPCS Task Force on Northeast as an Engine of Growth: Exploring and Expanding Linkages with Southeast Asia.  

India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Towards a Revision and an Alternative Blueprint. Click here for more.The IPCS Nuclear Task Force works on a revision and possibly an alternative blueprint of the Indian Nuclear Doctrine. This project aims to critique the existing nuclear doctrine, and revise it to suit the new developments in the last decade; and more importantly, to present an alternative blue print of what could India’s nuclear doctrine. The members of the Task Force have been carefully chosen, representing different fields—military, academic, bureaucracy and media. 

Northeast as an Engine of Growth Exploring and Expanding Linkages with Southeast Asia. Click here for more.The IPCS Task Force on Northeast and Southeast Asia consists of diplomats who have served in Southeast Asian countries, retired military and bureaucratic personnel, and members of the academic and strategic community in Delhi and the Northeast to exchange ideas on issues related to cultural and infrastructural connectivity, trade, and regional geopolitics.  The Centre for Development and Peace Studies (CDPS) in Guwahati, Assam, has been coordinating this initiative. The objectives of this project are to understand local perspectives on exploring and expanding Northeast’s linkages vis-à-vis India’s neighbourhood and to collect information and alternative ideas on the growth of India’s Northeast and the Look East policy as a coordinated effort.


The IPCS website, www.ipcs.org, is the major vehicle for the Institute's publications. However, the Institute brings out a variety of publications to suit the varied research needs of the strategic and academic community.

IPCS Publications are organised into Books, Research Papers, Special Reports, Issue Briefs, Quarterlies, Articles/Commentaries, and Conference Reports, to name a few. In the last 15+ years of our existence, we have published 25+ Books, 25+ Research Papers, 100+ Special Reports, 180+ Issue Briefs, 3500+ Articles and Quarterlies for three programmes, namely Nuclear, Southeast Asia and China. For a complete list of IPCS Publications, click here.

Books Research Papers
http://www.ipcs.org/images/book/main/_105197842_ArmedConflictsinSouthAsia2011.jpg Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2011: The Promise and Threat of Transformation
Edited by D. Suba Chandran and P.R. Chari
New Delhi: Routledge India
Energy & Environmental Security: A Cooperative Approach in South Asia
D Suba Chandran and J Jeganaathan (Eds.)
New Delhi: IPCS, 2011
China and Myanmar: Strategic Interests, Strategies and the Road Ahead
#26, September 2010
Billy Tea
Special Reports Issue Briefs
The Indian Civil Nuclear Programme: Issues, Concerns, Opportunities
#114, February 2012
Ruhee Neog , Tanvi Kulkarni , Alankrita Sinha and Abhijit Iyer‐Mitra
South China Sea: Opportunity or Liability?
#113, December 2011
Bhavna Singh & Panchali Saikia
Nathu La & the Sino-Indian Trade: Understanding the Sensitivities in Sikkim
#182, March 2012
Jayadeva Ranade
Alternative Regional Strategy for India: Exploring Soft Power Options
#180, January 2012
J Jeganaathan
Quarterlies Articles
Inside China
January-March 2012
July-September 2011
April-June 2011
Nuclear South Asia
January-March 2012
October-December 2011
July-September 2011
April-June 2011
January-March 2011
Inside Southeast Asia
January-March 2012
October-December 2011
July-September 2011
April-June 2011


The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region.

For those in South Asia and elsewhere, the IPCS website provides a comprehensive analysis of the happenings within India with a special focus on Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalite Violence. Our research promotes greater understanding of India's foreign policy especially India-China relations, India's relations with SAARC countries and South East Asia.

Through close interaction with leading strategic thinkers, former members of the Indian Administrative Service, the Foreign Service and the three wings of the Armed Forces - the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, - the academic community as well as the media, the IPCS has contributed considerably to the strategic discourse in India.

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