Articles By Maj Gen SB Asthana

Article 370 Revoked in J&K rattles some Countries: Should India be Concerned?

Article 370 Revoked in J&K rattles some Countries: Should India be Concerned?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Aug , 2019

The Indian Government revoked Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, on August 06, 2019, making J&K and Ladakh two separate Union Territories. Pakistan rattled taking reckless actions, China...

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Can Endstate of US-Iran Clash be better than JCPoA, 2015?

Can Endstate of US-Iran Clash be better than JCPoA, 2015?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jun , 2019

President Trump signed an executive order on 24 June, imposing additional economic sanctions on Iran. Apparently it’s in retaliation to shooting down of the US Drone by Iran over its airspace...

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IS Strikes South Asia: Are India and China Next?

IS Strikes South Asia: Are India and China Next?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Courtesy: www.col.hariharan.info/ | Date: 21 May , 2019

After the IS caliphate was decimated, USA and multinational forces including some groups like Kurds supporting them announced victory over Daesh. It was however well anticipated that despite the...

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Peace in Afghanistan: Can US Recipe be cherished in Afghanistan ever?

Peace in Afghanistan: Can US Recipe be cherished in Afghanistan ever?

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

After several rounds of US Taliban Peace Talks in Doha, the reluctantly agreed upon ‘so-called intra-Afghan dialogue’ scheduled on April 19, 2019 was abruptly cancelled on April 18 amid...

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China Chooses to Stand with Terrorists for the Fourth Time

China Chooses to Stand with Terrorists for the Fourth Time

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Mar , 2019

It’s not a big surprise for any strategist that China has blocked the bid to have Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated a global terrorist for the fourth time. China has repeated the...

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‘Out of box options’ needed to deal with Pakistan’s Proxy War, post...

‘Out of box options’ needed to deal with Pakistan’s Proxy War, post...

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

Backdrop India has suffered enough of Proxy War since last 30 years, which continues in Imran’s ‘Naya Pakistan’ with same vigor as hitherto fore.  The surgical strikes launched in 2016 post...

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Trump-Kim Summit II – Is Resolution Really Possible?

Trump-Kim Summit II – Is Resolution Really Possible?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Feb , 2019

While South Korea has every reason to be hopeful about the upcoming summit of President Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi scheduled for February 27 and 28th this year, looking...

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Decoding Pentagon Report on China January 2019

Decoding Pentagon Report on China January 2019

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Jan , 2019

Amidst sequential escalation of US-China ‘Heated cold war’, Pentagon has released a new report on 16 January 2019, airing US concerns about China’s growing military capability highlighting a...

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How Secure will India be in 2019?

How Secure will India be in 2019?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jan , 2019

Although one year is too short a period for trending a serious subject like National Security, nevertheless speculating the immediate trends may be a useful exercise under the existing realities,...

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Is Strategic Balancing a ‘New Normal’ in Interlinked World?

Is Strategic Balancing a ‘New Normal’ in Interlinked World?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Dec , 2018

The G-20 Summit 2018 will be remembered for extra-ordinary  large number of bilateral and trilateral meetings, which seem to be even more significant than the main purpose of the meet. There are...

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Where Debt Ridden, Radicalized, Chaotic Pakistan leading to?  

Where Debt Ridden, Radicalized, Chaotic Pakistan leading to?  

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Nov , 2018

Last week has seen Pakistan reaching out to every conceivable friend for bailout assistance. It was also seen unable to control radical elements which overpowered Governments decision making and...

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Twists and Turns in US -China Trade War

Twists and Turns in US -China Trade War

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Oct , 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s stopover at Beijing on 08 October may not have been a pleasant experience, more so in the backdrop of accusation of US Vice President Pence about  China...

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Opinion: Why MEA Fumbled with Cricketer PM Imran’s Bouncer of Peace Talks

Opinion: Why MEA Fumbled with Cricketer PM Imran’s Bouncer of Peace Talks

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Sep , 2018

Indian decision makers advised by their advisors/diplomats were too quick to be trapped in Imran Khan’s letter to Prime Minister Modi, calling for resumption of peace dialogue, by announcing...

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Opinion: If Maldives can’t be Strategically Ignored, What are the Options...

Opinion: If Maldives can’t be Strategically Ignored, What are the Options...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Sep , 2018

The diplomatic tug of war in Maldives seems to be going in favor of China as it seems to have gained a stronghold on President Yameen through “Debt Trap Diplomacy”, with inauguration of China...

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Opinion - Can Trump’s Offer for Summit  lead to better Deal with Iran...

Opinion - Can Trump’s Offer for Summit  lead to better Deal with Iran...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Aug , 2018

The announcement of President Trump last week expressing his willingness to hold a summit with Iran with ‘no preconditions’, after a chain of threatening exchanges between him and President...

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Trump’s Swinging Diplomatic Stands: How does it Affect India?

Trump’s Swinging Diplomatic Stands: How does it Affect India?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jul , 2018

In the meeting of US President Trump with Russian President Putin in July 2018 in Helsinki, immediately after organizing Football World Cup, Putin seems to have scored a diplomatic goal over...

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UNHRC on Kashmir: Wrong Diagnosis, Unwanted Prescription

UNHRC on Kashmir: Wrong Diagnosis, Unwanted Prescription

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jul , 2018

In June 2018, UNHRC released a first ever report on Kashmir regarding alleged human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control recommending a Commission of Inquiry.  The...

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China's 'Debt Trap' for Pakistan: Dilutes FATF Ruling

China's 'Debt Trap' for Pakistan: Dilutes FATF Ruling

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jul , 2018

Under normal circumstances, a one billion dollar loan between two sovereign countries would have gone unnoticed by global community, but what makes China’s one billion dollar lending to...

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Surgical Strikes for National Security; Not Politics/Optics

Surgical Strikes for National Security; Not Politics/Optics

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jul , 2018

On 29 September 2016, when Indian DGMO informed the country about Indian Army having launched a surgical strike against terrorist bases inside Pakistan, it exhibited Indian resolve to cross a...

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IS Footprints in Kashmir and challenges ahead

IS Footprints in Kashmir and challenges ahead

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jun , 2018

To any security analyst the reported killing of four militants, on June 22, 2018 by synergized operation of security forces, in Anantnag district, with two out of them affiliated to the Islamic...

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