About the Centre
The Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD) is one of the oldest as well as largest Centres of the School of International Studies (SIS). It is unique in so far as it studies how international relations work by focusing on politics, theory, organizations, diplomacy, security, and geopolitics. There are four distinct but interlinked programmes of study within CIPOD:
- International Politics (INP)
- International Organization (ORG)
- Diplomacy and Disarmament (DAD)
- Political Geography (POG)
These programmes of study are unique in their nature and achievements. CIPOD has perhaps the largest pool of expertise in international relations, with 22 sanctioned faculty positions. The current faculty members are trained in different disciplines (political science, history, geography, economics, law and physical sciences). CIPOD faculty members have earned wide recognition in their respective areas of expertise through publications and teaching both within and outside of the University, memberships of editorial boards of reputed journals and other academic bodies, and participation in international conferences and seminars.
The Centre came into existence when the Indian School of International Studies (ISIS) merged with JNU in 1970. Its core was a result of an amalgamation of the departments of International Relations and of the Commonwealth existing at the ISIS. The Centre, when established, had three programmes, viz. international politics, international organization and disarmament. This specialized focus 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 generations of scholars.
Among the original academic units, the International Politics Division has earned recognition for its intensive theoretical focus. International Organization and Disarmament were extremely innovative in their designated focus and remain rare in the university systems of today. Subsequently, the Political Geography Division was initiated at the Centre to include geopolitics as a focus of study. As a result of the School-wide restructuring undertaken in 2005, the Diplomatic Studies programme (belonging to a sister functional centre) became a valuable addition to CIPOD. In a further promising move, in 2007, Diplomatic Studies and Disarmament studies became a single programme of study. The Centre has thus evolved dynamically over the years to reflect the changing focus in international relations.
The Centre owes a debt of gratitude to our former colleagues who laid the foundations of a vibrant academic culture and contributed significantly to the development of the discipline of International Relations in India. Several distinguished diplomats have held Visiting Professorships in the Centre. Distinguished scholars who have served at the Centre as faculty 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, S.S. Deora and Siddharth Mallavarapu.