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 2018

    The current issue of Strategic Analysis comprises two timely Essays – on Power Trading and National Security adapted from the Y.B. Chavan Memorial Lecture delivered by the Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra, and the other by Sandhya Jain, on the Balochistan Province in Pakistan becoming the nerve centre of the opium trade and drug trafficking and the way this is influencing the economics and politics of the region. This issue also carries a focus section on India and its neighbourhood – a recurring theme – beginning with contributions from the Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh and his counterpart in India. Niharika Tagotra in her article, studies the dynamics of energy policy-making in India by exploring the processes of decision-making in the energy sector, while ASM Ali Ashraf and Shafiqul Islam, in their article, employ the 3-i framework to explore the institutions, ideas, and interests that have shaped the Bangladesh government’s policy choices for implementing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the first such plant in the country.

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