About Us

Board of Governors

Amb. Lalit Mansingh Chairperson
Maj Gen Dipankar Banerjee (Retd) Member
Amb. K C Singh Member
Amb. HK Singh Member
Dr. Arvind Virmani Member
Dr. Mohan Guruswamy Member
Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli Member
Brig Arun Sahgal (Retd) Executive Director
Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd) Member/Honorary Treasurer

Research Associates

Angana Guha Roy Research Associate

Visiting Fellows

Debak Das
Zorawar Daulet Singh
Sanjay Pulipaka

Former Interns

Shruthi Rajkumar
Janhavi Apte


Rahul Bhatia

Vision and Objectives


Forum for Strategic Initiative(FSI) is a membership based, bipartisan, public policy think tank based at New Delhi. FSI seeks to provide strategic insights and alternative policy options to Indian decision makers in foreign policy and national security studies. It seeks to inform the world India’s foreign policy and security goals, objectives, aspirations and future policies. To Indian business leaders it will provide strategic insights furthering their foreign investment and industrial policy decisions.

FSI’s full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct cutting edge research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change.

The primary objective of FSI is to help evolve considered policy responses to critical national security challenges facing the nation. The principle form of dissemination is web based and includes briefings, seminars, round-table discussions and publications.


-Publish policy papers and issue briefs on national security and foreign policy issues.
-Undertake medium- to long-term strategic assessments of likely alternative futures.
-Provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary strategic issues in the field of national defence and international security.
-Conduct briefings, training and disseminate policy -Recommendations to members of parliament, business leaders and domestic and international policy makers.
-Undertake international risk analyses furthering the cause of Indian business.

Research Focus

As a policy-oriented research think tank FSI focuses on the following areas, among others:

-Global trends shaping the strategic and security discourse.
-Nuclear security issues including non-proliferation and arms control.
-Pakistan, China and other Regional studies.
-Internal security to include political violence, terrorism and counter-insurgency.
-Developments in Asia – Pacific and Middle EastEnergy Security and Policy
-Economic Policy


-Organise and facilitate seminars, conferences, study courses, lectures, discussions and workshops on issues of contemporary strategic interest.
-Conduct simulation/ gaming exercises and scenario building.
-Organise Track II dialogue with India’s regional neighbours and major global powers.
-Undertake specific and issue based research programmes and projects.