WHO WE ARE


The Institute for National Defense and Security Research (財團法人國防安全研究院) is dedicated to fueling knowledge-based policy analyses and strategic assessments on Taiwan’s security.

INDSR was formally inaugurated on May 1, 2018, and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.


INDSR aims to shape innovative ideas and lead constructive debates on issues pertaining to international security and national defense, Chinese politics and military affairs, non-traditional security, hybrid and cognitive warfare, and cybersecurity, among other security areas.


To bring together great minds in policymaking, industry and research, we convene international forums, network civil societies, engage in Track Two dialogue and conduct wargame simulations. INDSR’s dynamic research agenda and activities are used to develop pragmatic policy recommendations for the Taiwan government.


INDSR was listed among the “best new think tanks” in 2020 in the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, for the second year in a row. INDSR’s English-language podcast collaboration with Ghost Island Media (
鬼島之音) called “The Taiwan Take” was nominated in the podcast category for the Excellent Journalism Award (19屆卓越新聞獎) in 2020.