United Service Institution of India.
The United Service Institution of India (USI) was founded in 1870 for the furtherance of interest and knowledge in the art, science and literature of national security, defence strategy and international relations. The management of the USI is a Council composed of 24 members. The Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institution and a member of the Council.
The USI houses three centres: Centre for Strategic Studies and Simulation; Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research and the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping. The main output of the USI is research on current issues within national security, defence strategy and international relations. The Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping acts as a training facility and is a repository of Indian experience in the field of United Nations peacekeeping operations.
The USI has actively participated in the Challenges Forum since the first seminar in 1997. In 2000, the USI hosted a Challenges seminar on the theme ‘United Nations Peacekeeping in 2015: A Perspective’ during which the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping above was officially launched by the Government of India. The USI has co-chaired the work developing the Challenges Forum study ’Considerations for Mission Leadership in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations’.
In 2013, the Swedish Armed Forces and the USI co-hosted a workshop at the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe on the theme ’The Art of the Possible: Peace Operations Under New Conditions – A Dialogue with the Field Community’.