Located in India’s capital, New Delhi, we are amongst India’s foremost think-tanks. We are unique in that we are the only think-tank in India that concentrates solely upon India’s maritime domain. However, the focus of our research is holistic and comprehensive and is NOT restricted to ‘military maritime security’ (hard security) alone. Instead, our research-faculty examines and analyses the entire gamut of issues relevant to India’s holistic maritime security, seeking to provide India with freedom from manmade- and natural threats, as well as those that result from a combination of these — any or all of which could arise in-, from-, or through- the sea.
Thus, in addition to military maritime security, our research also addresses a wide range of important economic-, socio-economic-, socio-cultural-, scientific-, legal-, and historical issues, all of which are critical to ‘maritime India’. These include, amongst others, fleshing-out the vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), providing specificity to the ‘Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative’ (IPOI), developing policy-relevant approaches to polar regions, pushing India’s efforts to improve maritime connectivity through a variety of bilateral, trilateral, mini-lateral and multilateral maritime constructs, and, supporting a national and regional transition to a Blue Economy. We also pay close attention to India’s ongoing maritime endeavours in respect of the fishing industry; the shipping industry (including shipbuilding, ship-repair, and shipbreaking), port-construction, enhancing port-efficiency, port-resilience, and, port-led community development (including the SAGARMALA mega-project); the offshore energy industry (incorporating upstream, midstream and downstream activities, and including import-driven facets of energy-security and the security-of-energy-flows over the seas); the maritime telecommunication industry (including underwater cables); the maritime safety industry; and, the maritime leisure and tourism industry. Other areas of sharp and sustained focus at the NMF include the maritime impacts of climate change and the several nuances of public international maritime law.
We realise that creating and sustaining a robust maritime identity and ethos are prerequisites for success in all such endeavours. Consequently, we are strident in our evangelistic advocacy of maritime consciousness at all levels of the Indian polity.
As a ‘Track 1.5’ institution, with a healthy mix of highly-qualified and experienced practitioners (by way of serving officers of the Indian Armed Forces) and civilian scholars, we are making measurable progress towards realising, in full measure, the Foundation’s vision of being the foremost resource centre for the formulation and advocacy of strategies for the promotion and protection of India’s maritime interests.