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Happymon Jacob is the Founder & Honourary Director of the Council for Strategic and Defense Research (CSDR).


CSDR is a cutting-edge think-tank that aims to bridge the academic and policy world of security & international affairs. Based out of New Delhi — a key national capital in the emerging geopolitics of South Asia and Indo-Pacific — it aims to understand and help shape the ever-changing geo-political panorama of the region. CSDR works on issues such as foreign policy, regional connectivity, defense strategy, intelligence, strategic technologies, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, climate change and energy security.


CSDR’s multidisciplinary network of research professionals and senior policy practitioners fuses incisive research with experiential knowledge. This collaboration underpins its programmatic activities — empowering it to conduct timely and independent analysis, produce policy relevant knowledge, and curate multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms — for governments, businesses, research endowments and other associated institutions.

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