The Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS),
New Delhi, is an autonomous think tank on strategic studies
and land warfare in the Indian context. CLAWS is registered
under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is a membership-based
organisation. It is governed by a Board of Governors and an
The mandate of CLAWS covers national security
issues, conventional military operations and sub-conventional
warfare. The Centre also focuses on conflicts in the region
and military developments in countries within India’s strategic
frontiers, particularly those in the Southern Asian region.
The vision of CLAWS is to join leading international
think tanks in conceptualising various aspects of land warfare,
with special reference to India and its extended neighbourhood.
CLAWS aspires to attract leading strategic thinkers, defence
analysts, scholars and academics and media persons to deliberate
on all facets of land warfare up to the strategic level.
Research at CLAWS is futuristic in outlook
and policy oriented in approach. CLAWS disseminates the products
of its research to its members, members of the armed forces,
decision makers, members of the strategic community and interested
civilians. It also seeks to contribute to developing a pro-active
strategic culture for India.
CLAWS organises seminars and conferences,
round-table discussions, workshops and guest lectures and
undertakes research projects on national security related
issues, especially those pertaining to land warfare.
Since its inception CLAWS has evolved as
an organisation and its activities and research mandate have
gradually expanded. It has organised a large number of conferences
and seminars and has published several books. Publication
of the CLAWS Journal commenced in November 2007.