Strategic Analysis

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  • Strategic Analysis is the bimonthly journal of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. It is published by Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, United Kingdom.

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    The Journal provides a forum for independent research, analyses, and commentaries on national, regional and international security issues that have policy relevance. It seeks to promote a better understanding of Indian thinking on contemporary national and international themes. The Journal reflects a diversity of views from the strategic and international relations studies community both from within and outside India. The flagship in the IDSA stable of publications, Strategic Analysis began as a monthly journal in April 1977 and served as a medium for publishing commentaries on current events. From early 1987, its contents came to include both research articles as well as commentaries on national and international developments. It was transformed into a quarterly, refereed, journal in 2002. Routledge has been publishing the journal in a bi-monthly format since January 2007.

    Scholars and analysts are welcome to submit well-researched papers for publication in this refereed journal.

    Submissions should be directed to Mr. Vivek Kaushik, Associate Editor at

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    Current Issue: January-February 2022

    The contents of the first issue of 2022 explore themes which have regional relevance and a direct bearing on India’s foreign policy outlook. With China branding the Quad as a NATO alliance and unwilling to give up its ‘strongman’ tactics in the region, Jagannath Panda opines that the ‘security’ and ‘status’ dilemmas could encourage India to endorse alliance politics with greater fervour. Swati Sucharita Nanda and Safaraz Alam trace the historicity of map-making as a nation-building project for Pakistan and decipher the strategic objectives behind this move. A. Vinod Kumar explores the utility of the offence-defence theory to determine whether BMD will inherently remain defensive or could provide a net deterrent value when postured and operated alongside offensive forces. Making the case of Taiwan and its campaign to obtain observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), Sáng Huỳnh Tâm offers insight which includes both the conceptual and behavioural dimensions. Ekaterina Arapova’s Commentary examines in detail the proposed Free Trade Agreement between India and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and its implications for India’s industrial development. The Issue also carries an Opinion by Gleb Ivashentsov, former Russian Ambassador to Korea and Myanmar, on the Russia-India Strategic Partnership. The Archives section carries two important pieces on Bangladesh—K. Subrahmanyam’s letter to P.N. Haksar as a forewarning of the evolving situation in Bangladesh and how India should respond to it, and an article by O.N. Mehrotra, alluding to the antecedents of the Indo-Bangladesh talks on sharing of the Ganga Waters.

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