IDSA's Europe and Eurasia Centre conducts its research both topically and regionally, focusing on the key strategic importance of Europe and the Eurasian region – covering Russia and the former Soviet Republics -- to India’s security and foreign policy.
While the European continent itself is no longer a major source of threats to India, but European involvement and outreach on the global and regional scales demand active attention to the security and defence policies of European countries and the efforts of major multilateral institutions such as NATO and EU. The IDSA continues to host visiting European policy makers, academics, military personnel, diplomats and political leaders for conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops, and informal briefings.
The Eurasia programme focuses on the security and foreign policies of Russia as well as of the other states of post-Soviet republics. India continues to depend on Russian defence supplies and benefits from Russian cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon and nuclear energy. In the past, India and the erstwhile Soviet Union had invested heavily in a strategic relationship. That continues to be an important goal in official pronouncements. Russia is still politically, diplomatically and militarily important for India. A country with large stockpiles of strategic bombers with a veto power in the UNSC acts as a useful counterweight against global hegemony.
The Centre has published several books, reports, articles and policy papers on a wide variety of issues in the region. It has been conducting a series of security dialogues with the countries of the region at the bilateral and multilateral levels. The Centre also focuses on the security and strategic issues in Central Asia that impact on India. Focus is also directed towards the energy security and economic linkages between India and Central Asian States.
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