Med-Or signs a collaboration agreement with the Indian think tank CSDR

Med-Or Foundation and the Council for Strategic and Defense Research (CSDR) of New Delhi signed in these days an important protocol of collaboration

India, in recent years, has been one of the fastest growing political and economic powers of the world, with a significant rise in the economic, demographic, and political fields. India’s recent rise is evidenced by the international prominence that, partly thanks to the role of Prime Minister Modi, India has taken on the G20 summit, the visit to the U.S. with the meeting between Modi and Biden, the participation in numerous multilateral international organizations like the BRICS, the SCO and QUAD, where it deals with leading global players such as Russia, China, the U.S. and the EU.

The relations with Italy have seen a significant revival in 2023. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit to New Delhi in March was the first of a series of meetings aimed at reviving the dialogue between the two countries. There are numerous industrial, commercial, and scientific fields for cooperation between Rome and New Delhi, with a particular focus on defense and security. Moreover, in the perspective of strengthening ties between the South Asian area and the Indian Ocean with the Mediterranean, the Indo-Italian partnership can be of particular importance, also given the position and role the two countries play in their respective regions. Rome looks at New Delhi with great interest as a rising economic power and the world’s leading demographic power. A strategic economic, but also political, partner.

The agreement between Med-Or Foundation and the Council for Strategic and Defense Research (CSDR) of New Delhi was signed in the renewed context of cooperation between the two countries: an important first step in the collaboration in the fields of culture, scientific research, and education, particularly in areas of common interest that can also contribute to the strengthening of dialogue between the two countries on the cultural and scientific levels.

The CSDR is a New Delhi-based think tank whose goal is to conduct research, provide policy and business advice, and promote dialogue platforms for a wide range of stakeholders - including governments, enterprises, research funds, and other member institutions. CSDR’s areas of expertise range from foreign policy, geopolitical risk, connectivity, and geoeconomics to defense, aerospace, military strategy, conflict resolution, peace building, climate change, energy security, and technology policies.

The agreement, among other things, provides for the organization of joint events and seminars in Italy and/or India on foreign policy, defense and security issues; the development of research exchange programs between the two entities to improve mutual understanding of each other’s regions and perspectives; the funding of scholarships for Indian students to pursue master’s degree programs in geopolitics, defense and security at Italian universities; and the establishment of a joint working table that will meet on an annual basis to discuss issues of common interest, assess the status of the partnership and explore new prospects for cooperation.

The agreement, signed by Med-Or Chairman Marco Minniti and CSDR Founder and Honorary Director Jacob Happymon, is also part of the Foundation’s strand of interest, and new joint projects, with countries of South and Southeast Asia - two areas that are experiencing strong economic and political growth. In fact, an agreement with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already been signed in June.


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