The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
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 ...
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 ...