The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar
Vice Admiral (Retd.)
  • Power Paradigms and the Vexed Path to Peace in Ukraine
    Vijay Shankar   ·    31 Mar, 2022   ·    5811
    The multi-polar distribution of power that marks contemporary geopolitics has spawned   security imbalances on account of economic inequities, geography, demographics, the military, and the nature of government. It has incited a jos ...
  • Deciphering Chinese Grand Strategy
    Vijay Shankar   ·    31 Jan, 2022   ·    5806
    Grand strategy refers to state’s plan of action to achieve its major long-term objectives. Beijing’s grand strategy relies on a combination of leadership declarations, policies, economic activities, and military means. Since its ...
  • Quad and AUKUS: Compacts to Collar China
    Vijay Shankar   ·    30 Nov, 2021   ·    5797
    A historical analogy may be necessary to fully understand the looming conflict between Chinese authoritarianism and the uneasy democracies of the world. In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of militarism, o ...
  • China and a New Cold War
    Vijay Shankar   ·    11 Aug, 2021   ·    5778
    In 1947, George F Keenan, an American Foreign Service officer, formulated the policy of ‘containment’. The continuity that this policy represented may be appreciated by its longevity. It was the foundation of US strategy during the C ...
  • Afghanistan: The Consequences of US Withdrawal
    Vijay Shankar   ·    29 Jun, 2021   ·    5772
    President Biden announced on 14 April 2021 the end of what is described as America’s “forever war” in Afghanistan. The announcement came nearly two decades after the US invasion of Afghanistan. Ten years ago, the US proclaimed th ...
  • A Breakdown of Order: Politico-Military Dynamics in the South China Sea
    Vijay Shankar   ·    10 Mar, 2021   ·    5757
    Geopolitical trends are not ‘pop-up’ events. They represent an evolved aggregation of policies that manifest as direction in a state’s world view. The present politico-military dynamics in the South China Sea (SCS) are no different ...
  • China and the Geopolitical Impact of COVID-19
    Vijay Shankar   ·    09 Dec, 2020   ·    5745
    China’s dazzling growth story has been rudely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent chaos it has brought down on global economic systems. Ironically, in the past, its growth trajectory was able to brush aside the fallou ...
  • China and the Korean War: A Cracked Mirror for the (Global) Times?
    Vijay Shankar   ·    22 Oct, 2020   ·    5733
    An intriguing Global Times editorial was published earlier in October to mark the PLA’s 70th  anniversary of  “victory” over US forces in Korea. The analysis, rather economical with facts, suggests that will, strategic wi ...
  • The Resurrection of Xi ‘Zedong’
    Vijay Shankar   ·    30 Sep, 2020   ·    5730
    In 1981, five years after Mao Zedong’s death, China adopted an official verdict on his life. It called Mao a great revolutionary whose contributions outweighed the cost of his mistakes (Zhisui Li). Literature and history of later year ...
  • China's Curious Wars
    Vijay Shankar   ·    25 Aug, 2020   ·    5715
    Never to be undertaken thoughtlessly or recklessly wars are to be preceded by measures that make it easy to win. —Sun Tzu, Art of War (Griffith, p 39) The Chinese tradition of warfare differs from contemporary understanding. Ins ...