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Europe and Eurasia Centre


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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A Defining Moment for France and Europe

May 09, 2017

Two clashing visions of France were before the French voters. They chose, with many reservations, Macron and rejected Le Pen, but not wholly, for, her opposition to the EU, in some measure, enjoys the support of a sizeable section of French society.

Mapping the Recent Russian Protests

April 21, 2017

At a time of heightened nationalism over the Ukrainian confrontation, these events cast doubts about the narrative of a stable political system.

The Uncertain Overhang on Scotland of the Brexit Process

April 03, 2017

In the face of Brexit, the continued union of UK and Scotland hinges on arriving at a suitable political accommodation between the UK and the broad spectrum of the Scottish polity and the public.

Democratization Process in Kazakhstan Unfolds

April 03, 2017

Despite the opacity of Central Asian politics, the course of political change in the region is likely to be smooth, which is also essential for peace and stability within and outside Central Asia.

To deal with China, India needs to return to strategic fundamentals

March 21, 2017

It is time to engage in a dialogue process not just for enhancing strategic trust but also to think more cunningly about how to benefit from China’s riches by gaining access to Chinese credit and technology, and securing markets for Indian products.