Who: Jayant Prasad
What: Appointed as Director General of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
When: 29 September 2015
Former Indian ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad was on 29 September 2015 appointed as the Director General of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the prestigious New Delhi-based think tank on strategic affairs.
The post of Director General of IDSA had been vacant since August 2014. Prasad takes charge at IDSA at a special moment as 2015 marks the fiftieth year of existence of the think tank.
He began his career by specialising on the South Asian neighbourhood, he most prominently served in Afghanistan as the Indian Ambassador during 2008-2010 and as Ambassador to Nepal during 2011-2013.
Prasad has also served as India’s permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Ambassador to Algeria, and also as a counsellor for trade access and development cooperation at the Indian Mission to the European Union in Brussels.
About Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
- IDSA was established in New Delhi on 11 November 1965 as an autonomous body to promote national and international security through generation and dissemination of knowledge on defence and security-related issues.
- IDSA is governed by an Executive Council, whose members are distinguished personalities from various walks of life. The Council is headed by a President.
- It is funded by the Indian Ministry of Defence and functions autonomously.