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.
The September-October 2013 issue of Strategic Analysis carries important contributions on China. Noted scholar on Tibet, Claude Arpi looks at the leadership change in China from Tibet’s perspective while Prashant Kumar Singh traces the antecedents of China’s security policies in Mao Tse Tung’s strategic and military thinking. Sonika Gupta analyses the European Union’s recent weapons embargo and its implications on China’s foreign policy. The issue also has an interesting debate on Nepal, centring on Prachanda’s proposed trilateral cooperation between India, Nepal and China.