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What do we mean by strategic studies? Defining it is not a particularly difficult matter; what is more problematic is its relationship with the fields of international relations (IR) and security studies. In this article by Associate Professor Ahmed S. Hashim he explains the debate around delineating the boundaries of disciplines that are intricately related and reflects on the historic paths taken in the discipline from its Cold War origins in the West to its development in the Global South. Finally, he looks at some of the criticisms levelled against strategic studies since its emergence in the 1950s arguing that ‘as long as human beings continue to think about or actually use force in their relationships with one another, the future of strategic studies is assured’.