Commodore C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Society for Policy Studies, New Delhi retired from the Indian Navy in early 2007 after 37 years service - and has the rare distinction of having headed three think-tanks. He was previously Director, National Maritime Foundation (2009 - 2011) and earlier with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi from 1989 where he served as a Senior Fellow, Deputy Director (1996-2004) and later as Offg. Director of the Institute till late 2005. Subsequently he was appointed Member-Secretary of the Government of India Task Force on 'Global Strategic Developments' - a report submitted to the Prime Minister of India.
Bhaskar was Editor, Maritime Affairs and Strategic Analysis; and was on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Security Policy (USA). He has edited books on nuclear, naval/maritime and international security related issues; and has contributed over 60 research articles/book chapters to journals and books in India and abroad. He has been a guest lecturer at the Indian NDC ; NATO College, Rome and the Foreign Service Institute, US State Dept. He was a Visiting Scholar in International Security at the McGill University, Montreal, Canada under the aegis of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS); and a CICOPS Fellow, University of Pavia, Italy.
Recipient of the Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) and the Prime Minister's Letter of Commendation, he is a Life member of the United Service Institute (USI); and is on the Advisory Panel of the India International Centre (IIC); and the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in New Delhi.
Bhaskar is President, Association for Middle Eastern Studies, New Delhi and a Council member of the Takshashila Foundation, Bengaluru. He is a regular op-ed contributor to the print/ web and audio-visual media, and has hosted a weekly show on national TV. He also contributed a daily column to the Statesman during the January 1991 War for Kuwait.
Cmde Bhaskar delivered the Air Marshal Malse memorial lecture under the auspices of CASS, Pune in September 2018 ; and the Admiral Adhar Kumar Chatterjee Memorial Lecture in Kolkata in March 2019.