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: March-April 2022

    In the second issue of 2022, Articles continue to explore themes which have regional relevance and a direct bearing on foreign policy. With Russia adamant on teaching Ukraine a lesson for its ‘tilt’ towards NATO, Yiannos Charalambides examines how Russia is attempting to realize its ‘revisionist’ strategy by altering the existing legal and geopolitical status quo, to redefine its relations with other states and Great or Regional Powers. Athanasios Platias and Vasilis Trigkas engage in a comparative study of strategic concepts emanating from pre-Qin China and Classical Greek strategic texts to argue that the strategic logics of the West and East attest to the existence of a universal canon of strategy, one that places a premium on political leadership and a shared intercultural strategic doctrine acknowledges the importance of utilitarian morality in politics. Jojin John believes that despite being a key stakeholder in the emerging regional order, South Korea’s approach to the Indo-Pacific has at best been that of ‘strategic ambiguity, entailing a cautious engagement with Indo-Pacific initiatives of different countries under the ambit of ‘New Southern Policy’ without endorsing the concept or articulating the Korean position on the Indo-Pacific regional construct. Bhaskar Jyoti Deka analyses the hydro-political behaviour of riparian countries in the Mekong River Basin (MRB) vis-à-vis India’s attitude towards the Brahmaputra and upstream China. The Issue also carries topical Commentaries – The common thread in Roshni Kapur’s and Yaqoob-ul-Hassan’s Commentaries is that both the ousted government after the military junta’s takeover in Myanmar and the Taliban in Afghanistan, are grappling with efforts to remain relevant domestically and gain international legitimacy. In the Archives section, Dr. O.N. Mehrotra, explores the challenges within the consultative process between the United States and its allies and Russia, for a decision on NATO’s expansion eastwards in the 1990s, with Russia vehemently resisting – almost as if to forewarn of an impending crisis in the future, a premonition, which may have taken shape as the Russia-Ukraine crisis of today.

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