The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar
Vice Admiral (Retd.)
  • Why ‘Global Zero’ is Less of an Illusion
    Vijay Shankar   ·    13 Apr, 2015   ·    4861
    Since August 1945 when two nuclear weapons destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and unimaginable horrors visited over 199,000 of its inhabitants, the world has lived with the implicit fear of widespread annihilation. Du ...
  • State of Play: Non-Proliferation, Fissile Material Cut-Offs and Nuclear Transparency
    Vijay Shankar   ·    09 Mar, 2015   ·    4849
    Tools that promote a stable nuclear relationship between nations are characterised by a congruence of views on non-proliferation of weapon and vector technologies, fissile material control and strategic transparency; the last makes clear ...
  • Swabbing the Bleakness of Subcontinental Nuclear Instability
    Vijay Shankar   ·    10 Feb, 2015   ·    4828
    Nuclear Stability: Where does it Begin? After the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, it dawned upon President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev how catastrophically close to nuclear war they had blundered due to a misshapen military-led ...
  • The Af-Pak Entity: Seduction to Armageddon?
    Vijay Shankar   ·    12 Jan, 2015   ·    4802
    Armageddon is the mythical site of gathering of armies for battle that will end all. Its geographical location is shrouded in biblical lore and considerable controversy exists of its mercatorial coordinates, but its implications of the ev ...
  • Maritime Combat Power in the Indo-Pacific
    Vijay Shankar   ·    08 Dec, 2014   ·    4766
    Instantaneous Intimidation Both Julian Corbett and Admiral of the Fleet Sergei Goroshkov had an astute perspective of the importance of a theory for the application of Combat Power. Theory, as Julian Corbett put it, “…be ...
  • Of Lawrence, Sykes-Picot and al-Baghdadi
    Vijay Shankar   ·    10 Nov, 2014   ·    4732
    Islamic State's Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a July 2014 speech at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul vowed that "this blessed advance will not stop until we hit the last nail in the coffin of the Sykes-Picot conspiracy.&quo ...
  • Strategic Estrangement: An Odd Bedfellow to Economic Engagement
    Vijay Shankar   ·    13 Oct, 2014   ·    4690
    The inextricable interdependence of survival of China’s despotic leadership, its economic growth and stability of State-controlled Capitalism poses a curious dilemma when large democratic economies choose to expand and boost economi ...
  • 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. ...