Strategic Analysis

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  • Strategic Analysis is the bimontly journal of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (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: September 2019

    The current issue of Strategic Analysis carries two important contributions that accord the primacy to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). While an Essay by Sanjaya Baru lays emphasis on the well-documented historical roots to the strategic significance of the IOR today; the article by Sankalp Gurjar, opines that the IOR is attaining geopolitical centrestage and facilitating present-day deeper engagement between the major western Indian Ocean states as never before.

    Alexei Zakharov’s article explores the geopolitics of the US-India-Russia Strategic Triangle and focuses on the environment in which the three countries have been building their relationships and the role of Beijing as a key variable. The TRACECA connectivity project is critically examined by Mushtaq Kaw to show that while the project represents different regional integration concepts, it carries inherent complexities which makes its working and implementation difficult. In explaining China’s increasingly assertive security policy, Ivo Ganchev focuses on Africa – through two case studies in Sudan and Mali – and re-conceptualizes it as ‘consultative peacekeeping.’

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