RCSS has two flagship residential workshop series known as the “Summer and Winter Workshops”. The Summer Workshop series predominantly focuses on defence studies and conventional warfare i.e. nuclear technology. Overall, thirteen Summer Workshops had been organized on the following themes: Nuclear Disarmament; Safety and Stability (2014); Defence Technology and Cooperative Security in South Asia (1997 – 2006); and First Conference for Alumni on South Asia Facing the New Millennium (1999).

The focus of the Winter Workshop series is non-traditional security issues in South Asia including: terrorism, governance, gender, migration, ethnicity and religion, resources, development, environment, refugees among other human security issues that are causes of conflict. Many young professionals and experts from South Asia, China, the USA and other interested countries have participated in these workshop series, creating new knowledge and exploring different avenues for possible collaboration to find collective solutions to current global and regional issues.