The consideratiOn of the dam-foundation-reservoir interaction is extremely important for estimating the seismic response of concrete gravity dams. Moreover, nonlinear analysis may be required for determining the possible risk associated with dams. In order to address these issues, DSI recently published the "Guidelines for Seismic Design of Concrete Dams". Authors who have contributed to the preparation of this document provide a perspective on the seismic safety/design of concrete dams and structural analysis methods along with a set of illustrative solutions. The study presented herein provides important results on the necessity of conducting two and three dimensional seismic analysis, the use of nonlinear analyses techniques and the important factors that affect the seismic response of the concrete gravity dams.