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  • Thomas Mathew

    Deputy Director General
    +91 11 26146832
    Archive data: Person was Deputy Director General of IDSA from 2007 to 2010

    Dr. Thomas Mathew is an officer of the 1983 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). After graduating in Political Science (Honours), he did his Masters in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Thereafter, he did his M. Phil. in Strategic Studies from the School of International Studies (SIS), and completed his Ph.D. on US Foreign Policy from JNU.

    Dr. Mathew has held important positions both in the State (province) and Central (Federal) Governments. He was the District Magistrate/ Collector and Mayor of Cochin. In Cochin, he is credited with starting several innovative projects under public-private partnership, including a project involving the integrated development of the outlying islands of the province at an estimated cost of around US $400 million, without Government assistance.

    In the Federal Government, Dr. Mathew has held important positions in the Ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Industries and Defence, amongst others. In the Ministry of Defence, he was the Joint Secretary in charge of Capital acquisitions for the Navy, Coast Guard and Systems for the three Services and the Coast Guard.

    Dr. Mathew was also a member of the task force that formulated the Defence Acquisition Procedure (2006) of the country. He has represented the country for several high-level security-related meetings and conferences. He is also an alumnus of National Defence College, Delhi, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for the best thesis.

    Dr. Mathew joined the Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA) as Deputy Director General in 2007. He has several publications to his credit and is currently editing a book on the India-US Nuclear agreement and authoring another on US-Pakistan Security Relations.

    Publications at IDSA