About RCSS

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About RCSS
About RCSS
About RCSS
About RCSS

Regional Centre for Strategic Studies

The rise of Great Powers in Asia has made the Indian Ocean once again a pivotal geo-political region where the direction of global politics in the 21st century is decided.

Along with this development, the political and strategic significance of South Asia has also enhanced immensely, an invariable outcome of its unique geographical projection into the Indian Ocean.

Parallel to the international political space where state actors play the main role, the emergence of international public space where a host of non-state players are also active has expanded the parameters of global politics unprecedentedly.

Operating in the international public pace, these regional and international think thanks and issue-oriented International Non-governmental Organizations have now come forward to play a critical role in deciding the agenda of global political discourses.

South Asia is a house for many think thanks and research institutions; but their focus is mainly national. Independent think thanks with regional approach to grasp strategic issues in their broader frame without being circumscribed by narrow national/state interests are few and far between in this vibrant region.

The organic linkages exist in many political, economic and strategic issues in South Asia and also in the Indian Ocean underscore the relevance of independent think thanks and research institutions with a regional focus. The Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS) is such think thank that approach strategic issues in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean from a broad regional perspective while closely working with many state and non-state level stakeholders in the South Asian region and beyond.

Focused on South Asia: From a strategic lens, Indian Ocean resources, digital connectivity, and as a zone of peace; from a non – traditional security lens, human insecurity, environmental and climate change issues; from the lens of democracy, good governance, and peacebuilding. Current focus remains on youth, gender equality, peace, rule of law, environmental governance, climate security and change.

Research

In the recent times, South Asia and the Indian Ocean region emerged vital in the political, economic and maritime diplomacy across the world.

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Advocacy

RCSS has two flagship residential workshop series known as the “Summer and Winter Workshops.

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Publications

RCSS contributes towards knowledge-generation and knowledge-sharing, inside and outside the region.

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Networks

In the recent times, South Asia and the Indian Ocean region emerged vital in the political, economic and maritime diplomacy across the world.

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Workshops

RCSS has two flagship residential workshop series known as the “Summer and Winter Workshops.

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Institutional History

Established in 1992 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, RCSS serves as a leading networking and research hub for strategic and security discourse in South Asia.

RCSS is a regional, independent, non-profit, and non-governmental institution which strives to be a leading regional institute that initiates, coordinates and supports research and learning on South Asia.

The late Professor Shelton Kodikara was the co-founder of, and the first Executive Director of RCSS. He is considered to be a leading figure of International Studies in Sri Lanka and had held a number of important positions relating to diplomacy and strategic studies in addition to his academic posts.

In the span of the last 25 years, RCSS has been led by eminent academics and professionals in the field of strategic and international studies representing Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Their leadership and commitment together with the faith on the thriving institution have contributed to make RCSS a renowned think tank in South Asia trusted by state and non-state organizations and individuals.