Centre for Defence and International Security Studies

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The Centre for Defence and International Security Studies (or CDiSS) is a British defence and security think tank.[1] CDiSS is engaged in research, analysis, commentary and discussion on issues of significance within the broad context of international security.

The Centre has no allegiances, but serves as a conduit between the academic community, government and other official and unofficial bodies, and the defence and security industries.[1] The Centre organises conferences and seminars, undertakes focused and directed research and publishes papers in hard and soft copy. Its members also contribute to journals. Membership of CDiSS includes those with a background in academia, industry, the armed forces, non-governmental organisations, government and the media.

The current director of CDiSS is Martin Edmonds


The Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, established in 1990 at Lancaster University,[2] by merger of two previous institutions: the Centre for Defence and Security Analysis and the Centre for the Study of Arms Control and International Security.[3]

In 2004, it became an independent institution.[2] It has been recognised as a non-governmental organisation by the United Nations.[citation needed]


There are currently eight research programmes running within CDISS.[4] Each programme addresses a topic of contemporary relevance in the international defence and security debate.

  • Space Security
  • Royal Navy and the Carrier Programme
  • Missile Threats & Responses
  • European Security & Transatlantic Relations
  • Military Professionalism and Integrity
  • Nuclear Weapons and Strategy Programme
  • Maritime and Aviation Security - The Ark Royal Programme

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  1. ^ a b "Centre for Defence and International Security Studies (CDiSS)". Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Chapman, Bert (2008). Space Warfare and Defense: A Historical Encyclopedia and Research Guide. ABC-CLIO. p. 340. ISBN 978-1598840063.
  3. ^ "InSITE: Listing". Cornell University. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ "CDISS, the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies". Centre for Defence and International Security Studies. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2014.

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