Arvind Gupta, Director - VIF

Indian Foreign Service (1979; Retired);


Presently Director, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), a New Delhi-based think tank on strategic and international security affairs

Former Deputy National Security Adviser and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), (2014-17); Joint Secretary, NSCS on deputation from Ministry of External Affairs; 1999-2007. He dealt with a wide range of national security issues within the NSC structures. Had wide ranging interaction in official capacity with official and non-official delegations from several countries on security issues.

Former Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi (2012-14); Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair National Security, IDSA, 2008-2011. Conducted track 2 level interactions with think tanks of other countries. IDSA is entirely funded by the Ministry of Defence.

Served in Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow, London, and Ankara. Dealt with Afghanistan, Kashmir, Soviet Union, Russia, and Central Asia in the Ministry of External Affairs.


MSc (Physics), Delhi University (1974); Visiting Member Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (1974-76). M.Phil (1988) and PhD, School of International Studies JNU (1991);

Areas of Interest

Interested in problems of national and international security; foreign policy, issues of defence strategy; ancient Indian thought; nation building, science and technology etc.


Has written three books and co-edited several.

Books Authored

1. Ideology and Soviet Foreign Policy: Lenin to Gorbachev, Venus Publication House, 1993
2. Dictionary of New Scientific And Technical Terms, Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Limited, 1997.
3. At The Cutting Edge, New Age International Publication, 1996.

Books Edited

1. Select Documents on Security and Diplomacy, Volume I, II, & III, Manas Publications, 2003.
2. Space Security: Need for Global Convergence, Pentagon Press, 2012.
3. India in a Changing Global Nuclear Order, Academic Foundation, 2009.
4. India & Emerging Asian Nuclear Order: Implication for India, Lancer Press, 2012
5. India’s Nuclear Energy Programme: Challenges, Prospects and Public Concerns, Pentagon Press, 2014

Task Forces

1. Space Security: Need for a Proactive Approach, Academic Foundation, 2009.
2. Water Security for India: The External Dynamics, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 2010
3. India's Cyber Security Challenges, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 2012