Centre for Security Studies

 

The role of security is paramount to all levels of the global environment, from international organisations and states to societies and individuals. Therefore, while the Centre for Security Studies (CSS) shall concentrate more specifically on topics of security, it shall situate itself in the larger domain of international relations studies. International security is in the end not merely defined by the concept of war or the effects to mitigate it, but rather goes far beyond it to encompass a plethora of issues. Every action of every actor in the international system defines the concept of security both for itself and for others in the system. In this, the concept of international security has been expanded to reflect, not merely the study of state security but also include topics like ethnic, sectarian and religious conflict; civil wars and state failure; cyber and space warfare; resource related security issues; the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; defence economics and also the role of ethics or morality in security policies.

 

The evolution of the field of international security studies is an impressive topic in itself. It has changed and diversified from an initial concern with superpower rivalry and nuclear weapons to focus upon sectors of political, economic, military, environmental and social life. CSS believes that these sectors must be better understood in order to gauge and examine their influence on important current trends defining international politics and dynamics as well. In this regard, the Coronavirus pandemic, a surge of populism in Europe, the threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia and increasing resource scarcity in many regions of the world must all be understood as key security issues in order to gain a deeper understanding of international security as a whole. The Centre for Security Studies shall therefore, through in-depth analysis, reports and policy briefs explore both regional and thematic topics in the broader field of International Security Studies.

 

There is also another aspect in which CSS shall attempt to introduce a unique approach. Much like the study of International Relations, the study of security is also a western dominated discipline and has in the past failed to understand aspects of security as viewed through other perspectives. The Centre thus also hopes to introduce newer, non-western perspectives to problems of security, so as to formulate more comprehensive policies and opinions in understanding global dynamics.

  • Provide research opportunities for students interested in understanding the increasingly dynamic 21st Century international security environment

  • Publish articles, policy briefs and reports on topics which are not extensively discussed by most available sources

  • Analyse and investigate actions of states and non- state actors that are critical to contemporary international security issues

  • Comprehensively identify, define and examine the political, social, economic and human costs of security

  • Provide fresh, new perspectives to the subject with the aid of our student led research initiatives

The Centre for Security Studies undertakes the following initiatives of article publication, policy briefs, book reviews and research papers. In this it publishes the articles of its research interns and associates on internationally recognized platforms.

 

Article Publications

Mendez, Zeus Hans. “India’s Maritime Frontier : Lakshadweep, Andaman and The Indian Ocean.” 2020.


Karmakar, Kritika. “Terror and Cyber Finance : Use of Crypto Currencies By Terror Organisations” 2020.

 

Mendez, Zeus Hans. “Beijing’s Blunders: A Country Riddled with Fake Truths”. 2020. Centre for Security and Strategy Studies. http://cescube.com/vp-beijing-s-blunders-a-country-riddled-with-fake-truths.

 

Karmakar, Kritika. “Transnational Strategies of ISIS Post Baghdadi.” 2019. Modern Diplomacy. moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/12/22/transnational-strategies-of-isis-post-baghdadi/

 

Mendez, Zeus Hans. “A Resurging Possibility and an Increased Hope for a United Balochistan”.2019. Modern Diplomacy. https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/11/22/a-resurging-possibility-and-an-increased-hope-for-a-united-balochistan/.

 

Book reviews
Mendez, Zeus Hans. “Trumped by Dr Sreeram Chaulia- Book Review”.2020. Modern Diplomacy. https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/03/01/trumped-by-dr-sreeram-chaulia-book-review/.

 

Policy Briefs

The Centre is also working on broader and more comprehensive topics related to international security. These shall be published as extensive research papers, drawing on greater global trends rather than case specific dynamics. Contributions to the projects are made by our Director, Coordinators and Research Interns.

Global Trends in Critical Technologies

 

Post-pandemic energy security

 

Non-State Actors and the use of CBRN

 

The Threat of Right-Wing Terrorism in Europe

The Centre also presents opportunities to its research interns to participate in and contribute to weekly held discussions on topics of contemporary relevance. These brainstorming sessions shall attempt to bring clarity and newer perspectives to global issues of security. The ultimate goal shall be to establish a space for discussion, critique and analysis of both actions and policies related to international security.

 

On a weekly basis, after the end of each discussion, important points raised and questions addressed shall be uploaded here.

The Centre for Security Studies shall also hold public lectures and seminars by experts in the field.

The Centre for security studies (CSS) provides internship opportunities for all students of JSIA who are interested in critically analysing and studying the various contemporary events in the field of security studies. This is a voluntary internship that enables students to publish their research as part of joint projects or individual papers and articles. The intern will work closely with the Director and Research Associates over a period of 4-6 months.

 

Responsibilities

  • Contribute in research and writing towards ongoing research projects and/or contribute a minimum of 2 articles to the centre
  • Partake in weekly dialogues pertaining to ongoing research projects or policy briefs

 

Criteria

  • Full time student enrolled in the Undergraduate or Post­graduate program at the Jindal School of International Affairs
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills
  • Capacity to work individually and in team settings
  • Should be committed to contributing and participating in weekly dialogues

 

Application

  • One detailed CV
  • One-page cover letter expressing one’s reasons in wanting to join the centre along with the research project he/she would like to work on
  • A short writing sample of no more than 1000 words on a topic of contemporary importance to international security

 

All applications must be submitted to pjha@jgu.edu.in.

Centre Director

 

Professor Pankaj Jha

Professor Pankaj Jha

 

Centre Coordinators

 

Zeus Hans Mendez

Zeus Hans Mendez

Kritika Karmakar

Kritika Karmakar

 

Research Interns

All queries to be directed to Professor Pankaj Jha, the Director of CSS at pjha@jgu.edu.in