Articles By Maj Gen SB Asthana

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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Combating Information Warfare of Adversaries Post Abrogation of Article 370

Combating Information Warfare of Adversaries Post Abrogation of Article 370

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Aug , 2019

•  Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir revoked on August 06, 2019, making J&K and Ladakh two separate Union Territories, is history. •  Pakistan politically rattled, and in reckless irrational...

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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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