The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
Political-Military-Mercenary Triangulation: A Look at the Wagner Group
Vijay Shankar · 21 Sep, 2023 · 5859
Armed interventions often demand the deployment of light forces over a short duration. Mercenaries have been used in such circumstances. If the state-employed mercenaries fail to achieve the desired end, the event is denied. The Russian Wag ...
The Shanghai Communiqué and China’s Road to a Not-So-Harmonious Rise
Vijay Shankar · 13 Jul, 2023 · 5855
With the landmark 1972 US-China Shanghai Communiqué, the world expected China
to transform from a repressive communist state to a benign, capitalist one.
However, half-century later, we find a rich, expansionist, and militaristic Beijing ...
The Nord Stream Affair: A Coup de Grâce to Perpetuate Proxy War?
Vijay Shankar · 27 Apr, 2023 · 5846
On 26 September 2022, a Norwegian
Navy Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) aircraft, on routine surveillance
mission, laid a sonar buoy field south of the Danish Island of Bornholm. This
was seemingly to surveil the underwater space in the ...
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 ...