Think tank

Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies


Singapore, Singapore

The Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS) is a research centre of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Its faculty and research staff conduct both academic and policy-oriented research on security-related issues and developments affecting Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. IDSS currently hosts nine programmes that are grouped into three clusters, namely, The Asia Pacific (Regional Security Architecture, China, South Asia, United States); The Malay Archipelago (Indonesia, Malaysia); and Military and Security (Maritime Security, Military Transformations, Military Studies). The IDSS focuses its research on issues concerning critical and human security studies, political violence and terrorism, multilateralism and regionalism, non-traditional security, revolution in military affairs, mediation and conflict resolution, and international political economy.

Contact details


Nanyang Technological University, Block S4, Level B3, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798


South-Eastern Asia

Areas of focus

Topics of research
Geographics of focus
Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific
Operating languages

Organisation details

Business model
University institute/center
Institutional affiliations
Year founded
Age (years)
Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies
Singapore average
Global average
Founded by
Founders: SR Nathan
Founder gender: All male

Data notes

Last updated: 01/04/2020
Rating of data accuracy (find out more): Imported
Data sources consulted: Asian Affairs - Directory of Think Tanks about Asia
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