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About CSA

Establishment

The Centre for Security Analysis (CSA) was set up at Chennai in the year 2002 with the initiative of Lt. Gen. (Retd) V.R. Raghavan and Mr M.K. Narayanan (former National Security Advisor).  It is a non-profit, non-partisan independent think tank registered with Registrar of Societies, Chennai under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act, 1975.  It has nine founding members and is managed by the Executive Committee elected by the members every two years. It is registered as a tax exempt organization under section 12AA of Income Tax Act, 1961.  Contributions to CSA are exempted from income tax under Section 80G.

Objectives

  • Provide a Peninsular Indian perspective to the security discourse in India, and Indian perspective at various forums on issues relating to South and Southeast and East Asia. Peninsular India includes the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu.

  • Focus on comprehensive security to include non-traditional aspects such as food, health, environmental, economic, water, energy, societal and political security.

  • Promote human security, i.e., the safety, honour and wellbeing of the citizen.

  • Develop and build capacity in younger generation to study, think and research on issues affecting National Security.

Strategy

To achieve the above objectives, a two fold strategy has been implemented.  One is to build awareness on issues of security through public discourse.  The second is to contribute to the policy formulation by making available analysis and studies to the policy planners as well as involving them in the discourse.

 

Instruments

CSA adopts a wide range of instruments to obtain its objectives such as project studies, seminars, workshops, public lectures, roundtable discussions and outreach programmes.  The press, both print and visual, is involved to help in carrying the message to larger audience.  The proceedings of these events are published and made available to the policy planners and interested members of the public.

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Activities & Attainments

The inauguration of CSA’s activities was done by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr Rama Mohan Rao on 7th August 2002 with his address on Dimensions of Internal Security.  Mr J.N. Dixit, former National Security Advisor of India delivered the keynote address on the theme of Emerging Perspectives on Security – An India-Centric Prognosis.  The intellectual community of Chennai including Fr. S. Ignacimuthu, Vice Chancellor of Madras University, M/s N. Ram and N. Ravi of The Hindu, and many serving and retired bureaucrats, armed forces officers and the members of the print and electronic media attended the function.

In the short period since 2002, CSA has made a significant contribution to developing and sustaining a security related discourse.  It has generated interest, created awareness and introduced new levels of excellence in the public and policy circles on security.  CSA has emphasized the importance of examining security in its widest interpretation to involve human security with issues relating to environment, economy and societal aspects.  CSA’s studies on Public Perceptions of Security, Fisheries Problems in Palk Straits, Socio-Economic Security of Peninsular India, and on Maritime Security have made an impact in public and policy circles. 

CSA continues to provide to visiting scholars and officials from abroad, a platform through its Roundtable Meetings, to interact with a wide range of experts in India.  CSA’s outreach programmes conducted in universities and other institutions outside Chennai have taken the new understanding of security to a wider and younger audience.

The proceedings of seminars/workshops, lectures and roundtable discussions have been made available in the form of books and bulletins to a larger audience.

The Centre for Security Analysis is one of the two organisations from India forming part of the Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centers set up by the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defence University, Washington D.C

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