CSS, works on issues regarding national security and international relations. It works to collate, interpret, analyse and generate opinion on issues of national importance.Led by a team of former security professionals and diplomats it engages with Institutions, Governments and individuals both in India and overseas to forge alliances and develop a common understanding and response to the security challenges that face the Indian nation. It’s team is made up of people who are of international repute and have established credentials in their domain areas.


CSRS, New Delhi works on research and documentation of issues gripping social, religious and political sphere. Besides this, it is also instrumental in drafting coherent responses to the emerging challenges from an India-centric perspective. Managed by a Governing Board of eminent academics and scholars, CSRS organizes conferences, seminars and discussions on a regular basis in Delhi and in other parts of India in collaboration with various sections of the society including academia, government and civil society.


CCLS, is engaged in the study of legal and constitutional issues as they relate to the Indian Polity. The objective of the Centre is to study the ever evolving legal and constitutional framework both in India and globally to come up with models and recommendations to further strengthen the Indian system. The centre also engages in study of various indigenous systems to come up with a model that may be best suited to the Indian nation and its people. This centre is staffed with eminent jurists and reputed members of the legal fraternity.


The Center for Soft Power is the fourth centre of India Foundation instituted in collaboration with Indic Academy. The Centre will give an impetus to the study of soft power, an area of increasing global significance. The Centre will engage with practitioners, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to study, promote and disseminate knowledge, with an emphasis on an India-centric view of the confluence of cultures. The Centre, apart from carrying out research, also proposes to maps the various elements of India’s cultural influence such as Ayurveda, cinema, cuisine, design, handicrafts, sports, literature, music, performing arts, spirituality, tourism, visual arts and yoga, conduct workshops on its cultural markers, and promote employment opportunities through the soft power economy. The Centre seeks to host conferences, seminars and other events highlighting India’s cultural influence, and will collaborate with similar institutions around the world to enable knowledge sharing and promotion of India’s confluence of cultures.

India’s wide diversity of cultural forms needs study and networking. The Centre for Soft Power will be the first centre in India with a focus on soft power research, initiatives and leadership. With this in mind, some of the key activities of the Centre are research, establishing a network of cultural entrepreneurs, collaborating with states to promote religious tourism, and hosting conferences and training programs for various stakeholders.

Act East Centre (AEC)

Act East Centre (AEC), a newly established centre at India Foundation, focuses on the South East Asian Region, India-ASEAN relations and the Indo-Pacific region. Under the guidance of domain experts, the centre primarily aims to analyse the current and emerging trends in India’s engagements with the mentioned regions, identify potential areas of cooperation and prepare policy papers. AEC organises seminars, conferences, and workshops, both with Indian and overseas establishments to develop scholarship on the subjects. To give a better understanding of the Geo-strategy/Socio-Politico-Security dynamics of the ASEAN/Indo-Pacific countries, field visits are also conducted. AEC also seeks to establish an institutional mechanism for dialogue and cooperation in Political, Strategic and Cultural dimension. The team of AEC is constituted of academicians, researchers, policymakers, security-strategy analysts and diplomats who have an in-depth understanding of India’s policies and relations with the aforementioned areas.