Centre for Strategic and Foreign Relations

The Centre for Strategic and Foreign Relations (CSFR) at Vision India Foundation is dedicated to strengthening India’s international relations. It undertakes extensive research on  India’s foreign policy priorities and strategic concerns. CSFR also works towards enhancing people-to-people relations through a series of programmes curated to cater to the strategic community in India and globally. In doing so, CSFR aims at contributing to building lasting relations based on mutual understanding and amicability. 

Our Mission

Create: Thought leadership in the realm of India’s international relations by bringing to fore the core elements of strategy and soft power.

Convene: Discussions and deliberations to familiarize the Indian and global strategic community with Indian strategic thought and foreign policy conduct from the time of Kautilya to present-day diplomatic engagement

Connect:  With young and like-minded change-agents as leaders of tomorrow with the aim of  furthering people-to-people relations and knowledge exchange to works towards a mutually beneficial and sustained national and international interests.


Amb. Asoke Mukerji

Amb. Asoke Mukerji

Indian Diplomat and Author

Former Permanent Representative of India to UN

Amb. Dinesh Bhatia

Amb. Dinesh Bhatia

Ambassador of India to Republic of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Former, Consul General of India - Canada

Amb. Preeti Saran

Amb. Preeti Saran

Member, United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Former Secy(East), Ministry of External Affairs - India.

Prof. Harsh Pant

Prof. Harsh Pant

Director, Studies & Head, Strategic Studies Programme,

Observer Research Foundation.

Prof. Sanjay Pulipaka

Prof. Sanjay Pulipaka

Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML)

Senior Consultant, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Prof. Sreeram Chaulia

Prof. Sreeram Chaulia

Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs

OP Jindal Global University



The CSFR team  has undertaken research and publications on myriad of issues of importance and relavance to India’s international interests. Some of their publications can be read here. 

Indo Pacific
India’s Hamletian Dilemma About RCEP

Soft Power Briefs

The quarterly publication of CSFR is our endeavor to follow and contribute to India’s global engagements, particularly in the realm of soft power and public diplomacy as a means of furthering citexen engagement. To know more subscribe here.

Book Reviews

Centre for Strategic and Foreign Relations have recently started book reading club for deliberation and dissemination of knowledge pertaining to International Relation.



Young Diplomats Conclave:

The Young Diplomats Conclave (YDC) is an attempt to build lasting relations with future political leaders and international diplomatic community. Through a series of roundtables, YDC brings to fore the rising trends in diplomacy, provides a platform for strengthening people-to-people relations, and, facilitates interactions between Indian and international diplomats. YDC aims at acting upon mutually beneficial foreign policy interests rooted in cultural understanding and shared global aspirations. The first edition of YDC, in Nov 2017, was organized in partnership with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Jindal School of International Affairs. The second edition of YDC, in Jan 2019, was organized in partnership with Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries. 

International Students Retreat

International Students Retreat (ISR) is an experiential programme curated for the global student community pursuing various academic disciplines in India on scholarships provided by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Over 35 young scholars from 15 countries of Africa, South Asia and West Asia participated in this two-day programme. 

ISR in convened through seminars on India’s political, economic and sociocultural landscape, workshops and field activities on leadership skills, and, personality grooming through presentations and cultural interactions. ISR was organized in February 2018 in partnership with the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and ICCR Gujarat.

World Governance Expedition

World Governance Expedition (WGE) is a travel-based experiential programme, initiated in 2016. It invites young and motivated leaders from India to understand international best practices in governance and policy-making. It aims at introducing the delegation to various institutions, mechanisms and processes that shape socio-political interactions at national and international level. Previous WGEs have been organized in three countries in the United States of America (2016), the United Kingdom (2017), Israel (2018 & 2019) and Russia (2019). The Expedition to Israel – in October 2018 and April 2019 – was organized by Vision India Foundation in partnership with the Embassy of Israel as a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel. The upcoming Expedition will be held in Singapore in November 2019.