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 veekay.vivek@gmail.com

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    Current Issue: May 2018

    This special issue of Strategic Analysis on Two Decades of the Pokhran Tests: India and the Global Nuclear Order offers some compelling perspectives from seasoned practitioners and academics who were invited to contribute, and should prove to be a useful reference for the wider audience, in understanding the global political dynamics, India’s decision-making process, especially the timing of the tests, and the modernisation programme of nuclear weapons.

    The tremor of the tests was felt not only geologically but also in other spheres of international relations.

    May 11, 2018, marked the twentieth anniversary of the Shakti-series of tests. In 1998, India conducted five nuclear tests on May 11 and 13. The government informed that in the five tests, advanced weapon designs had been tested. On May 11, declared as the National Technology Day, the three tested devices were of 45-kilotons thermonuclear, 15-kilotons fission and 0.2 sub-kiloton yields. On May 13, India continued the testing of nuclear devices. Both the tests were of the sub-kiloton yields – 0.5 and 0.3. These tests heralded India as a nuclear weapon state. More importantly, it accomplished the feat indigenously.

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