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: September-October 2021

    In the fifth issue, Bipin K. Tiwary and Anubhav Roy empirically demonstrate how Indian public and private sector actors managed to consistently cultivate a network of complex economic interdependence with their Chinese counterparts, in the 2010s, in spite of the politico-military equation experiencing turmoil. They do so, especially through an analysis of its railway and automobile industries and how Indian public and private sector actors have engaged Beijing in multiple, mutually beneficial non-military agendas and contributed to the mitigation of recurring bilateral strife. Laxman Behera and Pabitra Mohan Nayak, while examining India’s defence expenditure over the past ten years, provide a public finance perspective to explain the recurring resource crunch being faced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Pankaj Jha and Shaun Star outline reasons for the growing bilateral relationship between India and Australia and the possible future trajectory, in the aftermath of the June 2020 summit between the Prime Ministers of the two countries which subsequently has taken the form of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

    The issue has two Commentaries that explain the respective trials and challenges by Japan in remodeling its post-Second World War Constitution into a liberal one; the other focuses on the small island states of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and there efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change due to rising sea levels and rising ocean temperatures.

    As a tribute to K. Santhanam, India’s leading nuclear scientist and co-ordinator of the 1998 Pokhran II tests and former Director General of MP-IDSA, who passed away this year, the Archives section carries one of Santy’s (as he was popularly called) writings that lays bare Pakistan’s brazen retailing of sensitive nuclear technologies as ‘Bomb Process Outsourcing (BPO)’ and places it in a larger perspective.

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