The Strategist by Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar
Vice Admiral (Retd.)
  • 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 ...
  • The Curious Case of USS McCain
    Vijay Shankar   ·    04 Oct, 2017   ·    5376
    On 21 August 2017, in the darkness of astronomical twilight, USS John S McCain, a destroyer bound for Singapore after a sensitive ‘freedom-of-navigation’ operation off one of China’s illegal man-made islands in the South C ...
  • "The World is Not Peaceful"
    Vijay Shankar   ·    31 Aug, 2017   ·    5351
    Addressing senior Communist Party and government officials in Beijing at an event to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Premier Xi Jinping declared, “We do not allow any indiv ...
  • A Pug, a Terrier and the Doklam Stand Off
    Vijay Shankar   ·    07 Aug, 2017   ·    5335
    William Moorcroft, a British veterinary surgeon of the East India Company, set off in 1816 on an expedition to the Kailas region of Tibet to search for that breed of Central Asian horses that would revitalise the blood stock of the Compan ...
  • Nuclear Crises in the Time of Orwellian Wars
    Vijay Shankar   ·    28 Jun, 2017   ·    5314
    "…the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival." George Orwell, 1984      ...
  • The Value of a Declared No First Use Nuclear Policy
    Vijay Shankar   ·    01 May, 2017   ·    5278
    "Can it be a nation’s case to destroy the very purpose that polity sets out to attain; or as Milton put it “Our Cure, To Be No More; Sad Cure!” The sensibility of negotiated agreements to assuage friction betw ...