Shri Arvind Gupta
Shri Arvind Gupta
Dr Arvind Gupta was Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) from January 05, 2012 to August 07, 2014.
He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and an MSc in Physics from Delhi University. He was a Visiting Member at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (1974-76) and served at the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (1976) and the State Bank of India (1976-79) before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1979.
After working in the Ministry of External Affairs in different capacities and in diplomatic missions in Moscow, London and Ankara, Dr Gupta retired from the Indian Foreign Service in 2013.
Prior to joining IDSA, he was Joint Secretary at the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) from 1999 to 2007. During his tenure at the NSCS, he dealt with a wide range of international and national security issues and participated in various working groups and task forces set up by the NSC. He also worked with the Kargil Review Committee.
At IDSA, before becoming the Director General, Dr Gupta held the Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair (LBSC) for Strategic Studies from 2008 to 2011. He also headed South Asia and Internal Security Centres and edited the Institute’s flagship bi-monthly journal Strategic Analysis. He has represented IDSA at several bilateral dialogues as well as international conferences. He lectures frequently at apex national training institutions and writes in the media on foreign affairs & international security issues.
His areas of interest include international security issues, India’s foreign policy, energy security, climate change, and technology & internal security issues.
Dr Gupta has three books, several edited books and a number of academic publications to his credit. He has been a member of several task forces on issues such as space security, climate change, cyber security, nuclear disarmament, etc.