Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament

About the Centre

The Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD), is one of the oldest Centres of the School of International Studies (SIS). It can be considered unique, as it focuses on how international relations works through politics, organizations, diplomacy, security, and geography. These are grouped into four distinct but interlinked programmes of study within CIPOD:

  1. International Politics (INP)
  2. International Organization (ORG)
  3. Diplomacy and Disarmament (DAD)
  4. olitical Geography (POG)

These programmes of study are unique in their existence and achievements. CIPOD has perhaps the largest pool of expertise in international relations, with 22 sanctioned faculty positions. The incumbent faculty members are trained in different disciplines (like history, political science, economics, geography, law and physical sciences). Their professional sketches bear out that the CIPOD faculty has earned wide recognition in their respective areas of expertise in the form of memberships of editorial boards of reputed journals, participation in international conferences and seminars, publications and teaching both within and outside of the University..


The Centre came into existence at the time when the Indian School of International Studies (ISIS) merged into JNU in 1970, while its core was a result of amalgamation of the departments of International Relations and of the Commonwealth existing in the ISIS. The Centre, when established, had three programmes, viz. international politics, international organization and disarmament. Such specialized nature of structuring of the Centre’s programmes represented the emerging priorities in the academic world as well as a certain vision about the world that needed to be nurtured for the benefit of future generation of scholars. It is noteworthy that among the original academic units, the ones on International Organization and Disarmament were extremely innovative and remains rare in the university systems of today. Subsequently, a separate teaching and research programme of Political Geography was initiated. As a result of the School-wide restructuring undertaken recently in 2005, the Diplomatic Studies programme (belonging to a sister functional Centre) became a valuable addition to CIPOD. In a further potentially promising move in 2007, the Diplomatic Studies and the Disarmament studies shed their separate existence and became a single programme of study.

Our Legacy  

The Centre owes a debt of gratitude to our former colleagues who laid the foundation of a vibrant academic culture and contributed significantly to the development of discipline of International Relations in India. Several distinguished diplomats have held Visiting Professorships in the Centre. The Centre would like to pay tributes to the distinguished scholars who served on its faculty during the past decades. They include Professors A. Appadorai, M. S. Rajan, K. P. Misra, Bhabani Sengupta, Sisir Gupta, K. P. Saksena, M.L. Sondhi, M. Zuberi, T. T. Poulose, A. K. Damodaran, S.C. Gangal, R.C. Sharma, Sumitra Chishti, Arjun K. Sengupta, V. S. Mani, Sushil Kumar, Satish Kumar, Surjit Mansingh, Kanti P. Bajpai, K. S. Jawatkar, K. D. Kapoor, V.K.H. Jambholkar, Pushpesh K. Pant, and S. S. Deora.