Articles By Maj Gen SB Asthana

Beyond ‘Wait and Watch’ in Afghanistan: Global Implications

Beyond ‘Wait and Watch’ in Afghanistan: Global Implications

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Sep , 2021

Backdrop Taliban supported by Pakistan took over Afghanistan by force, amidst  an embarrassing, botched withdrawal of US and allies, posing a façade of negotiated takeover. With announcement of a...

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Why US Strategy in Afghanistan Failed Against Taliban-Pakistan Nexus?

Why US Strategy in Afghanistan Failed Against Taliban-Pakistan Nexus?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Aug , 2021

Backdrop  As Taliban, captures two provincial capitals, UN envoy has reported to UNSC about Afghan war entering deadlier and more destructive phase, with over 1000 civilian casualties.US may have...

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Revisiting Mountain Strike Corps Amidst Ladakh Standoff

Revisiting Mountain Strike Corps Amidst Ladakh Standoff

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 May , 2021

Backdrop For decades, the strategic planners of India have been boosting offensive capability along western borders for credible deterrence and remained contented with limited offensive...

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China India Disengagement at Ladakh: An Unfinished Agenda

China India Disengagement at Ladakh: An Unfinished Agenda

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Apr , 2021

Existing Status of Standoff  The 11th round of India China Corps Commander’s meeting has ended with good optics and pleasantly worded PIB release, with no concrete agreement (if any)...

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Pakistan Seeking Peace with India: Is it for Real?

Pakistan Seeking Peace with India: Is it for Real?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Apr , 2021

Backdrop  Barely two months back India was facing a two front threat from both neighbours. An unexpected sequence of events followed,much to the surprise of many people both sides of Line of...

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Quad Summit 2021: Why is China Rattled?

Quad Summit 2021: Why is China Rattled?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Mar , 2021

Key Points Quad’s call for a free, open, inclusive, healthy, Indo-Pacific region during Summit has rattled China. Quad’s determination for collective response to COVID-19 pandemic in terms...

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Disengagement at LAC: Decoding China-India Moves Ahead

Disengagement at LAC: Decoding China-India Moves Ahead

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2021

  China and India have announced the disengagement of troops along Line of Actual Control (LAC), at the southern and northern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake having commenced since February 10,...

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Indian Model of Theatre Commands: The Road Ahead!

Indian Model of Theatre Commands: The Road Ahead!

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 11 Jan , 2021

In the history of restructuring of the Indian Armed Forces, the year 2020 started with hopes and anxiety with the long-awaited appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the creation of...

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UNSC Reforms: Are G4 Countries Chasing a Mirage!

UNSC Reforms: Are G4 Countries Chasing a Mirage!

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Dec , 2020

With India being part of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as non-permanent member from 01 January 2021, and UN 75 years of celebration (2020) hangover rolling over to next year, the debate...

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Strategic Lessons from Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict 2020, post Ceasefire

Strategic Lessons from Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict 2020, post Ceasefire

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Dec , 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire agreement to end the war for control of Nagorno–Karabakh enclavelast month, after a series of Azerbaijani victories in its fight to retake the disputed...

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Three Step Disengagement Plan: Is India making Right moves in Ladakh?

Three Step Disengagement Plan: Is India making Right moves in Ladakh?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2020

Backdrop As the current China India standoff in Eastern Ladakh rolls over into harsher winters, under the shadow of multiple rounds talks at various levels. The proposed plan for a three-step...

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Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Sep , 2020

Key Points Military posturing and muscle flexing in Ladakh continues with talks, as both sides refuse to blink first.   PLA’s centre of gravity of military operations is Eastern Ladakh and...

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Indo-Iran Engagements: Did India pick up Right Choices?

Indo-Iran Engagements: Did India pick up Right Choices?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jul , 2020

Key Points  China-Iran strategic partnership resulting in many deals adding to $400bn alters strategic balance in Middle East (West Asia) in favor of China.  India’s unhindered engagement with...

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Uniting Taiwan by Force: Likely to be a Strategic Blunder

Uniting Taiwan by Force: Likely to be a Strategic Blunder

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Jun , 2020

In a  survey carried out from April 21 to May 28 of this year in Taiwan, 75.3 percent people in Taiwan consider themselves “Taiwanese,” 20 percent selected both, and only 4.7 percent think of...

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COVID-19: a new Dimension in an ‘Undeclared Third World War’!!

COVID-19: a new Dimension in an ‘Undeclared Third World War’!!

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Apr , 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has demonstrated the humongous damage potential of a virus (possibly synthesised in a laboratory!?) as a weapon of mass destruction. It has added a new dimension to alter...

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Limping from a Failing BRI to Health Silk Route

Limping from a Failing BRI to Health Silk Route

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Apr , 2020

The beginning of 2020 brought a wild card entry into global strategic equations in the form of Novel Coronavirus (which causes the disease officially named by WHO as COVID-19), with Wuhan being...

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US-Taliban Peace Deal: Is it a Compromise?

US-Taliban Peace Deal: Is it a Compromise?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Mar , 2020

A long-awaited historic US- Taliban Peace Deal stands signed byU.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar inking it on February 29, 2020. All stake holders...

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Is China-Myanmar Economic Corridor turning out to be another CPEC for India?

Is China-Myanmar Economic Corridor turning out to be another CPEC for India?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jan , 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Myanmar on January 18, 2020 at a time when it was struggling global criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority. It is learnt that the two...

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Can Quad be Effective against Incremental Encroachment of China in...

Can Quad be Effective against Incremental Encroachment of China in...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Dec , 2019

•  Chinese adventurism in South China Sea and expeditionary design in Indo-Pacific is a global concern. •  Quad being looked at as one of the instruments for ensuring free and open, rule-based...

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Baghdadi Dead : What it means for Terrorism in West and South Asia?

Baghdadi Dead : What it means for Terrorism in West and South Asia?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Nov , 2019

President Trump’s announcement that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State(IS) commander, died during a US military operation in Syria, later confirmed by ISIS itself, was a welcome news for...

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