The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar
Vice Admiral (Retd.)
  • China and COVID-19: What Went Wrong?
    Vijay Shankar   ·    29 Mar, 2020   ·    5668
    The history of armed conflict is intertwined with the generation of diseases. In 1155, the German Holy Roman Emperor Barbarossa poisoned water wells in Italy with human bodies as he challenged the papacy; to 1763, when the British delibe ...
  • The Chanciness of Squirming Back from the Brink of Nuclear War
    Vijay Shankar   ·    31 Jan, 2020   ·    5647
    Stanislav Yefgrafovich Petrov, Colonel Second Rank of the Soviet Strategic Air Defence Forces, stood as watch-in-charge at the Oko nuclear early warning surveillance system at the top secret Serpukhov-15 complex in a South Moscow suburb. ...
  • India-China and the Sometime Pickle of Civilisational Connects
    Vijay Shankar   ·    14 Nov, 2019   ·    5629
    The Peloponnesian War (431- 404 BCE), was a significant event of the ancients as it reshaped the Hellenic world. A hegemonistic Athens and its trading vassals was challenged by Sparta backed by the xenophobic Peloponnesian League. In the ...
  • 2019 Shangri-La Dialogue: The Shadow of China
    Vijay Shankar   ·    06 Aug, 2019   ·    5609
    The Shangri-La Dialogue, an Asian security summit held annually in Singapore, took place between 31 May-2 June this year. And, in a grand affirmation of design, its director general declared, “It is a unique meeting where ministers deb ...
  • Xi and China’s Fourth May Revolution: Can State Control and People’s Empowerment be Reconciled?
    Vijay Shankar   ·    23 May, 2019   ·    5590
    Since 1919, the Fourth of May movement has been evoked by Chinese scholars and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)  as a beacon for independence and enlightenment. How the array of critical thoughts that the movement represented will ...
  • Why Nuclear Doctrinal Stasis is Not a Bad Idea
    Vijay Shankar   ·    24 Apr, 2019   ·    5582
    There is an inherent limit to how precisely predictions can be made, let alone prognosticate impact particularly when polity, power, and people are involved. The historian Michael Howard cautioned against those who would play the oracle: ...
  • Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation
    Vijay Shankar   ·    31 Jan, 2019   ·    5553
    In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of overbearing diplomacy and brinkmanship to achieve policy goals, despite the risk of war. Demanding a review of the international order that would confer on it a domi ...
  • Deen Aaya
    Vijay Shankar   ·    24 Sep, 2018   ·    5516
    The impact of organised religion on nations has historically been a sense of contrived significance, but in essence has neither refined society nor elevated power status. The case of civilizational encounters is curious. The vanquished w ...
  • The Dilemma of a Threshold
    Vijay Shankar   ·    01 Aug, 2018   ·    5498
    The nuclear planner is acutely involved in analysis of when and under what political conditions opposing leadership (military or otherwise) may resort to the employment of nuclear weapons. For nations with a policy of no first use (NFU), th ...
  • The Regression of Nuclear Policy
    Vijay Shankar   ·    03 May, 2018   ·    5462
    Contemporary trends positing the reversibility of a nuclear exchange presupposes that the antagonists are able to understand mutual aims, objectives and have unimpeachable knowledge of boundaries within which the conflict is to be played ou ...