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The Centre is also working on broader and more comprehensive topics related to international security. These shall be published as extensive research papers, drawing on greater global trends rather than case specific dynamics. Contributions to the projects are made by our Director, Coordinators and Research Interns.

Project Proposals

Project 1: Global Trends in Critical Technologies


With an ever-changing international environment, the very concept of security has slowly evolved through the years. This has led to drastic advancements in the field of military science and technology and, today, this pace seems to have accelerated exponentially. The turn of the century has seen concepts such as that of the Smart Soldier, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems dominate military planning and warfare. Every country that now seeks to enhance its military capabilities has set itself on the path of acquiring quicker and faster technologies that will increase the chances of victory as well as reduce battle casualties. This project shall therefore aim to evaluate the underlying dynamics, motivations and methodologies adopted by states in acquiring such critical technologies.


In gaining significant leverage over others, countries around the globe have begun a process of integrating advanced technologies, cyber warfare capabilities and Artificial Intelligence into their military operations. This has spurred many powerful states on a new arms race that is governed by aspects of the fourth Industrial Revolution and could have devastating consequences for the international system. It is thus essential to analyze the extent to which countries are willing to shape the future of warfare, so as to gain a better understanding of the effects of this on the strategic aspirations of states as well as its implications on human life.

Research Goals

The research project and final report intends to evaluate the acquisition and development of critical technologies by key militaries around the world with regards to their strategic motivations and the changing global dynamics, by including the following points:

  • Country wise case studies of projects under development with an emphasis on the US, China, Russia, Israel, India, Japan and Germany.

  • An analysis of technological advancements made by the armed forces of different nations over the past 5-10 years.

  • An assessment of differing advancements with regards to Military Modernisation, Cyber, Space and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Methods adopted by states in the procurement of such critical technologies

Project 2: Post-Pandemic Energy Security


There has always existed a strong connection between questions of energy and security. The pursuit of energy resources is a significant driver behind modern economies, and lies at the crux of many strategic ambitions and at times has been a cause for conflict. Today, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the connection between the two has come under increased strain. Supply Chain disruptions and a compromised demand for energy has endangered populations across the globe, leading to a possible crisis. Energy Security is definitive of current and future energy needs having a high probability of being met, irrespective of economic or political instability. Energy security lies at the crossroads of economic, environmental and national security, much of which will be altered after the pandemic redefines the terms of access for many. The project will thus aim to understand the challenges faced across the globe in ensuring energy security, analyse problems of sustainability and over-dependence in certain cases, and highlight the policy prescriptions adopted by states in mitigating the negative effects of the pandemic.


Energy security and its vulnerability are specific to different systems, which raises three key concerns for governments and policy experts alike, i.e. Sovereignty, Robustness and Resilience.

While sovereign control and the robustness of resources have always been problematic, it is the resilience of states across the globe that will become a matter of apprehension after the pandemic. It is thus essential to analyze and study these dynamics in the context of availability and sustainability so as to understand the security and strategic implications for the same. The significance of this study lies in the relevance of the same to the current situation as experienced by states across the globe.

Research Goals

This project shall aim to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Energy Security of different regions around the world, through the analysis of resource availability, state vulnerability and policy decisions. In this context it shall focus on:

  • The differing effects of the pandemic on energy security in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

  • The problems of access as faced by states in acquiring Natural gas, Oil, Hydro energy or Nuclear energy across these regions

  • The policies adopted by states in mitigating these problems during and after the pandemic

  • The implications of the above on humanitarian, power and strategic equations across the globe

Project 3: Non-State Actors and the use of CBRN


The use of  CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) weapons and their association with Non-State Actors (NSAs), raises many questions. With a significant amount of covert political support that is offered to these actors, a great deal of their activities remain undisclosed. However, it is undeniable that the use of WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) poses a direct threat to human security and has damaging long term impacts. The clandestine nature of operations on part of both State and Non-State Actors regarding the development of such weapons has led to remarkably vague and unreliable information for scholars. This paper aims to, critically evaluate and analyse the various strategies that are employed by such Non-State Actors with regards to using CBRN and their subsequent implications on the world of security.


Acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by volatile Non-State Actors, is a major security concern at both the regional as well as international level. Developing WMDs and receiving subsequent financial aid for carrying out such activities, clubbed with the lucrative ways in which social media is being used as a tool of propaganda, signifies how formidable these actors can be. As NSAs constantly refurbish their technologies at an indigenous level, it becomes important to understand the operations of these organisations, in order to formulate effective policies to counter them.

Research Goals

The research project aims to analyze the motivations and the capacity to develop CBRN weapons by NSAs, as well as the future consequences of their actions. This will be achieved by taking a look at the following points:

  • Brief introduction on NSAs and their links with extremism of various kinds

  • Motivations for using CBRN by NSAs

  • Strategies implemented by NSAs

  • Lone wolf attacks involving CBRN

  • Gaining access to and developing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) by NSAs

  • Implications of owning and using CBRN by NSAs

Project 4: The Threat of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe


Europe, which was once considered to be the hub of the Industrial Revolution and Liberal thought, today is faced with an extremist problem of its own. As most terrorist attacks are normally linked to radicalised religious groups, the shifting political tide hints towards the rise of a new form of fanaticism. The escalation in the number of Right-Wing terrorist attacks in the recent years makes one question the severity of the case. This research paper will address the surge in Right Wing Extremism (RWE) in Europe as well as take a look at its transnational counterparts. It will analyse the modus operandi of such terrorist organisations and examine the various counter-terrorism policies being formulated by states and agencies.


Europe is currently coping with multiple challenges of its own. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on its finances and its population. With an upcoming economic crisis and increasing political tensions, the resurgence of radical sentiments is very likely. In light of such events, there is a high possibility that extremist groups would aggravate these situations. In such a case, it becomes essential to understand the motivations of such actors, whilst inspecting the various factors that bolster them. By doing so, efficient policies to mitigate and counter such radical movements can be formulated.

Research Goals

The project intends to evaluate the various security risks associated with the surging Right-Wing extremist ideologies in Europe, by analysing the following points:

  • Understanding the psychology of Right-wing extremism- ideologies and motivations

  • Political involvement - analysing the association of governments with terrorist groups.

  • Right wing extremist groups in Europe

  • Breaking down the strategies of functioning, recruitment and funding by RWEs

  • Utilisation of the Dark Web

  • Case studies:

    • Germany

    • UK

    • Canada

  • Counter-terrorism policies and tools of mitigation

  • Increasing transnational presence of RWEs- future risks and possibilities

Project 5: China’s Military Modernisation


In recent years, China’s assertiveness in world politics seems to be shifting the international balance of power. Apart from launching an ambitious economic project like the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative), drastic changes are being made in the organisational and operational systems of China’s military. These recent technological developments and China’s tight lipped approach hints towards a bigger plan. The aim of this project will be to critically analyse China’s policies and statements made regarding its defence sector. It will also evaluate the various modernisation efforts made by the nation in various departments of warfare, so as to gain a better understanding of its future implications.


Xi Jingping’s “Chinese dream” of creating stronger armed forces, is viewed with much apprehension by most states, especially the United States. On a regional level, this military expansion concerns not only the territories that are directly affected by China’s policies like Taiwan, but also India, who is seen as an upcoming Asian giant . China’s military modernisation efforts and arms race seems to be unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of such circumstances, it is vital to assess China’s policies regarding its military development in understanding the implications of the same on both regional as well as international security.

Research Goals

The paper aims to analyse the policies and strategies implemented by china with regards to its military modernisation. The following points will be discussed:

  • Analysing official policy statements

  • Analysing intentions and motivations

  • Organisational structural changes

  • Modernisation programs across sectors – Nuclear, AI, Navy, missile programs, etc

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