The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
Saudi Arabia’s Quest for the Ultimate Political Play-Off
Vijay Shankar · 28 Feb, 2023 · 5843
The Saudi strategic gambit
continues to face challenges. There are obstacles in the withdrawal of American
interests from the region and ramifications from the USS Quincy Memorandum, the resultant power vacuum, and
power play between sta ...
Pushing the Doomsday Clock
Vijay Shankar · 07 Dec, 2022 · 5839
Clock is symbolic of the vulnerability of human existence.
Set every year by the Bulletin
of the Atomic Scientists, it is intended to warn of the
imminence of humanity’s annihilation due to nuclear war or climate change. ...
The Looming Winter of Discontent: Who is Winning the War in Ukraine?
Vijay Shankar · 26 Oct, 2022 · 5837
Impact and Veracity of Social MediaThe
widespread popularity of social media, despite its loud and frequently boorish
content, has made the study of events that form historical processes a disarrayed
function of the common, rather than t ...
Counterforce Strategies are a Threat to Nuclear Deterrence Stability
Vijay Shankar · 15 Sep, 2022 · 5829
atomic bombs were crude city-annihilators. Their ability to bring enormous and
horrific civilian destruction was demonstrated by the US in 1945. The two bombs
dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused 2,14,000 primary
fatalities to ...
Russia in the Black Sea: What Happened to the Moskva?
Vijay Shankar · 04 Jul, 2022 · 5822
The flagship of the Russian Black
Sea fleet, the ‘Slava’
class missile cruiser, Moskva,
sank at on 14 April 2022 in position
45°10′43.39″N 30°55′30.54″E, after being "damaged." That is as
far as one can establ ...
The Challenge of a Multi-Polar Nuclear Age
Vijay Shankar · 03 Jun, 2022 · 5819
Assured Destruction, & Mistrust
For the last 77 years, since the US first
detonated nuclear weapons and annihilated the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, an eerie ambivalence has prevailed on the subject of nu ...
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
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 ...