The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar
Vice Admiral (Retd.)
  • 2019 Shangri-La Dialogue: The Shadow of China
    Vijay Shankar   ·    06 Aug, 2019   ·    5609
    The 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 ...
  • Xi and China’s Fourth May Revolution: Can State Control and People’s Empowerment be Reconciled?
    Vijay Shankar   ·    23 May, 2019   ·    5590
    Since 1919, the Fourth of May movement has been evoked by Chinese scholars and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)  as a beacon for independence and enlightenment. How the array of critical thoughts that the movement represented will ...
  • Why Nuclear Doctrinal Stasis is Not a Bad Idea
    Vijay Shankar   ·    24 Apr, 2019   ·    5582
    There is an inherent limit to how precisely predictions can be made, let alone prognosticate impact particularly when polity, power, and people are involved. The historian Michael Howard cautioned against those who would play the oracle: ...
  • Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation
    Vijay Shankar   ·    31 Jan, 2019   ·    5553
    In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of overbearing diplomacy and brinkmanship to achieve policy goals, despite the risk of war. Demanding a review of the international order that would confer on it a domi ...
  • Deen Aaya
    Vijay Shankar   ·    24 Sep, 2018   ·    5516
    The impact of organised religion on nations has historically been a sense of contrived significance, but in essence has neither refined society nor elevated power status. The case of civilizational encounters is curious. The vanquished w ...
  • The Dilemma of a Threshold
    Vijay Shankar   ·    01 Aug, 2018   ·    5498
    The nuclear planner is acutely involved in analysis of when and under what political conditions opposing leadership (military or otherwise) may resort to the employment of nuclear weapons. For nations with a policy of no first use (NFU), th ...
  • The Regression of Nuclear Policy
    Vijay Shankar   ·    03 May, 2018   ·    5462
    Contemporary trends positing the reversibility of a nuclear exchange presupposes that the antagonists are able to understand mutual aims, objectives and have unimpeachable knowledge of boundaries within which the conflict is to be played ou ...
  • Quad: The Making of a Robust Entente?
    Vijay Shankar   ·    12 Mar, 2018   ·    5446
    The force planner’s primary task is to ensure that the military element of national power alongside economic and political elements supports national strategy. India had in 1950 defined national goals in the Preamble and Directive Pri ...
  • No Responsible Steward of Nuclear Weapons, This
    Vijay Shankar   ·    01 Jan, 2018   ·    5413
    Two seemingly disparate incidents in recent days hold the portents for unsettling times. The first was the 'absconder General' and erstwhile Pakistan President Musharraf’s declaration on 5 December 2017, of not only his cosy ...
  • “Taking Centre Stage in the World”
    Vijay Shankar   ·    28 Nov, 2017   ·    5399
    When Chairman Xi declared at the opening of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, “It is time for us to take centre stage in the world,” he may have drawn this deduction from two perceived shifts in the global str ...