Drastamat Kanayan Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), MOD, RA, was established in 2005 within the frameworks of the National Defense Research University formation in the RA, as the research component of the future university, its intellectual basis and organizational backbone. After the inauguration of the University in 2016, the INSS continues its activities within the University.
In 2006, the INSS was the academic coordinator of the interagency elaboration of Armenia’s first national security strategy via the incorporation of the US methodology with the US NDU academic counseling. The INSS is the only state think tank, which conducts strategic analyses in the spheres of regional security and information-communication technologies and submits relevant conclusions and recommendations to the RA military-political leadership.
The INSS is developing its academic cooperation among the NDRU partners. One of its important functions is the organization of strategic political forums. Through close cooperation with relevant world think tanks, the INSS organized international conferences on regional security dynamics in 2008, 2009, 2011, and the first strategic political forum on regional security dynamics in 2012. In May, 2011, in partnership with the CSTO Secretariat, the INSS organized an international conference on the CSTO development strategy, and in June, 2013, the second strategic political forum on “Political and Security Guidelines for the Formation of the CSTO’s Military Component”.
On 1-2 July, 2014, with support of the “International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations” an international strategic political forum on the “The integration of national and regional peacekeeping capacities into the global system of peace operations based on the principles and standards of the UN” was held in Yerevan.
During 5-6 October, 2015, an annual forum of the “International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations” was hosted in Yerevan. The Forum on “Institution - and Capacity Building for Peace: Implications of the UN Review Panel’s Recommendations for Future Missions” was attended by more than 80 foreign participants. The INSS joined the “International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations” on behalf of the RA in October 2014.
In August, 2016, Benyamin Poghosyan, PhD in History, was appointed as Deputy-Head for Research—Head, Institute for National Strategic Studies, NDRU.