The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
The Islamic State Caliphate: A Mirage of Resurrection
Vijay Shankar · 01 Sep, 2014 · 4638
The Universal State: The Last-Gasp Opportunism of Power
Belief in the immortality of a ‘Universal State’ has in history periodically evoked those very ghosts that had established the State’s mortality causing their ...
A Covenant Sans Sword
Vijay Shankar · 11 Aug, 2014 · 4600
Power and Self-Preservation
Hobbes underscored the need to establish an aura of awe and visible power in order that men do not degenerate to their natural anarchic passions. He said, “And covenants without the sword are but words ...
Strife on the Global Commons
Vijay Shankar · 14 Jul, 2014 · 4556
The run up to the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) was marked by a debate held in Sparta amongst the Peloponnesian allies to determine whether war against the aggressive seapower Athens and the maritime Delian League was to be waged. ...
The Perils of Strategic Narcissism
Vijay Shankar · 09 Jun, 2014 · 4498
China’s rise has powered an impulse to military growth and unilateral intervention which in turn evokes anxieties and resistance by players in the same strategic milieu. The paradoxical effect is to undermine its own strategic stand ...
The Chilling Prospects of Nuclear Devices at Large
Vijay Shankar · 12 May, 2014 · 4431
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union produced over one thousand tons of weapon grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium. By 1986 its stockpile numbered 45,000 warheads; it was poorly inventoried; spread across the Republics with fissi ...
MH370 and China's Anti-Access Area Denial Strategy
Vijay Shankar · 14 Apr, 2014 · 4385
fThe mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines MH 370 continues to confound. Was it a sudden catastrophic end to an ill-fated flight or was it a failure of surveillance that led to a controlled and purposeful disappearance of a marked com ...
India-Pakistan-China: Nuclear Policy and Deterrence Stability
Vijay Shankar · 10 Mar, 2014 · 4331
“Lift not the painted veil which those who live
Call life:………behind, lurk Fear
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Cold War Mantra
In September 1950, responding to a directive from the Presid ...
India-Pakistan: Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures
Vijay Shankar · 10 Feb, 2014 · 4301
The problem with nuclear weapons is the complexity of convincing decision-makers that no conceivable advantage can be achieved from a nuclear exchange. As long as one side believes that there is some value to be had through t ...
Strategic Non-Nuclear Weapons: An Essential Consort to a Doctrine of No First Use
Vijay Shankar · 13 Jan, 2014 · 4256
Politico-Military thought often harbours a puzzling phenomenon when it organises concepts and institutions in a mosaic of sometimes antithetical notions. Contrary ideas are indeed intrinsic to the art of political sagacity, but when form ...