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  • Arvind Gupta

    Director General

    Dr. Arvind Gupta was Director General of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) from 5th January, 2012 to 7th August 2014.

    He holds a Ph.D in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; M.Sc. in Physics from Delhi University. He was Visiting Member at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (1974-76) and served at the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (1976) and at the State Bank of India (1976-79) before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1979.

    Retired from the Indian Foreign Service in 2013. Has worked in the Ministry of External Affairs in different capacities and served in diplomatic missions in Moscow, London and Ankara. Knows Russian too.

    Held the Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair on National Security at the IDSA from 2008 to 2011.

    Prior to joining the IDSA, he was Joint Secretary at the Indian National Security Council Secretariat from 1999 to 2007. During his tenure at the NSCS he dealt with a wide range of international and national security issues and participated in the various working groups and task forces set up by the NSC. He also worked with the Kargil Review Committee.

    At the IDSA he headed the South Asia and Internal Security Centres and edited the Institute’s flagship bi-monthly journal: Strategic Analysis. He has represented IDSA at several bilateral dialogues as well as international conferences. He lectures frequently at apex national training institutions. He writes in the media on foreign affairs & international security issues.

    His current interests include the international security issues, India’s foreign policy, energy security, climate change, technology & internal security issues.

    He has three books, several edited books and a number of academic publications to his credit. He has been a member of several task forces on issues such as space security, climate change, cyber security, nuclear disarmament etc.

    Publications at IDSA [+]

    Book Authored

    • Dictionary Of New Scientific And Technical Terms, Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Limited, 1997
    • At The Cutting Edge, New Age International Pub. (P) Limited, 1996.

    Books Edited

    Chapter in Books

    Member of Task Force Reports

    Writings in Strategic Analysis

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    Papers / Talks outside IDSA