The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) started at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in 1996 with the broad objective of conducting research on national and international security issues. The emphasis of research is towards integrating complex elements of Science and Technology with Political Science, International Relations, Economics and Policy Analysis. Rapidly changing geo-political and technology development and adaptation affect the national and international security and strategic conditions and the research carried out in the Programme reflects this. Current and emerging scenarios in the nuclear, missiles and space domain are reflective of such an impact and have formed the core area of research.
The ISSSP is part of the School of Conflict and Security Studies at NIAS which was conceived and founded by the late Mr. J. R. D. Tata in 1988, with a vision to conduct advanced multidisciplinary research. The Institute is unique in its integrated approach to the study of intersections between science and technology, philosophy, social and policy issues. The objective is to nurture a broad base of scholars, managers and leaders who would respond to the complex challenges that contemporary India and global society face, with insight, sensitivity, confidence and dedication.