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: July 2019

    The current issue of Strategic Analysis carries contributions that try and explore the level of deeper engagement or the lack of it within the neighbourhood.

    Njoke Mboce explores the efficacy of the maritime security architecture within the Indian Ocean rim countries, focusing on the co-operation between India and African states, highlighting the strengths and challenges from the current framework, and offers recommendations for achieving a more productive trans-national approach. Deborshi Brahmachari, using the UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset as a model, tries to understand ethnicity and ethnic conflicts, and studies the nature, trends and typology of ethnic and insurgent conflicts in the North East Indian states.

    Aiden Parkes examines the social and geostrategic factors underpinning Pakistan’s Afghanistan approach between its inheritance of security principles from colonial administration after Partition, and the Taliban’s capture of Kabul in 1996 and beyond. He also critically analyses the existing link between the Taliban and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), and places culture as a primary variable in the evolution of Pakistan’s geostrategic thought.

    Muhammad Feyyaz delves into the debate on what constitutes terrorism, especially the lack of consensus on the need (or otherwise) for a universally acceptable definition, and taking terrorist violence in Pakistan as a case study, and opines that an objective definition is conceivable if the phenomenon is understood contextually and as part of communication processes.

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