The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) is a South Asian regional think tank based in Colombo,
Sri Lanka. Established in 1993, it is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization
which encourages research, dialogue, and deliberation on a broad range of conventional and non-
conventional sources of conflict. The RCSS enables scholars and other professionals to address,
individually and collectively, problems and issues of topical interest for all South Asian countries.
The Centre's key objectives are to: Sponsor, coordinate, and support research on South Asian strategic,
security, and environmental issues, to promote interaction among scholars and professionals in the
region and beyond who are engaged in South Asian studies, to foster linkages and collaboration
among institutions focusing on studies and activities related to conflict, conflict transformation, and
regional cooperation in South Asia and to encourage a new generation of analysts and commentators to
Some of the principal focus areas of the Centre are: recent trends in thinking and approaches to
strategic studies, arms control and disarmament, proliferation of nuclear weapons, conflicts in inter-
state relations and implications for regional cooperation, external factors in the security and stability of
the region, refugees and migration etc..