The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
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
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
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
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 ...