Articles By Maj Gen SB Asthana

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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Trump–Kim Summit: A Gamble beyond Optics

Trump–Kim Summit: A Gamble beyond Optics

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

The world is talking of this Summit as a historic moment with hopes that it will bring peace to Korean Peninsula. Reading between the lines, beyond the niceties and magnificent optics displayed,...

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Pakistan Seeking Ceasefire with India: Ploy to Release International Pressure

Pakistan Seeking Ceasefire with India: Ploy to Release International Pressure

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 May , 2018

The news break of Indian and Pakistani Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) agreeing to “fully implement the 2003 ceasefire understanding in letter and spirit”, through a special...

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Will Development and Embrace bring Peace to Kashmir? Is the Prescription...

Will Development and Embrace bring Peace to Kashmir? Is the Prescription...

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

The developmental efforts initiated by Indian Government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir are a welcome measure for the state as well as for the country. These have been preceded by...

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Kim and Moon for a Nuclear Free Korea: Needs Decoding beyond Optics

Kim and Moon for a Nuclear Free Korea: Needs Decoding beyond Optics

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 May , 2018

Every event of Korean leaders’ summit on 27 April 2018 has been covered extensively by the media highlighting their pledge to end their six decades of hostility. Airing their rhetoric about...

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Aftermath of US Missiles Attack on Syria: Is it really 'Mission Accomplished'?

Aftermath of US Missiles Attack on Syria: Is it really 'Mission Accomplished'?

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

The aftermath of US and its ally’s action of claiming to have targeted Syrian Chemical weapon related establishments, and taught a lesson to Syria is full of contradictions and conflicting news...

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Tibetan Water- China’s Resource or Global Common: Concern for India!

Tibetan Water- China’s Resource or Global Common: Concern for India!

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

Historically water has been the most important resource, strategic tool and cause of many conflicts before oil became strategically relevant in 19th and 20th Centuries.  By next one or two...

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Canada Meeting on North Korea and Kim’s ‘Sports Diplomacy’: Who is...

Canada Meeting on North Korea and Kim’s ‘Sports Diplomacy’: Who is...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Jan , 2018

Two contradictory events set an uneven tone for Korean Crisis. China condemns the 20 nation call for tougher sanctions against North Korea, held this week in Canada, attempting to pressurise North...

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Is Nuclear Blackmailing Theory going to be a New Normal? Can the World...

Is Nuclear Blackmailing Theory going to be a New Normal? Can the World...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Nov , 2017

The use of nuclear capability as insurance for its defence, was cited as the main reason by every country, which added nuclear weapons to its armory, ever since it was invented. It spiraled into a...

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North Korea and South China Sea Flashpoints: Are worthwhile Options left on...

North Korea and South China Sea Flashpoints: Are worthwhile Options left on...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Oct , 2017

During recent verbal exchanges of provocative statements between US and North Korea, US has been maintaining that they have ‘All the options on the table’, while Kim continued with missile...

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Is China’s ‘Frontline State Strategy’ going out of Control or North...

Is China’s ‘Frontline State Strategy’ going out of Control or North...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Sep , 2017

The Frontline State Strategy of China When President Trump on taking over tried to outsource the problem of resolving North Korean Crisis to China presumably in exchange of some trade concessions,...

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Doklam Plateau Standoff or South China Sea: Chinese Active Defence Strategy...

Doklam Plateau Standoff or South China Sea: Chinese Active Defence Strategy...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Aug , 2017

As Comprehensive National Power (CNP) of China is growing, its strategy to impose its national will (as perceived by its few key leaders), exercise its power through its behavior in the...

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Doklam Plateau Faceoff: The Way Forward

Doklam Plateau Faceoff: The Way Forward

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Jul , 2017

The recent Faceoff in strategically important India-China-Bhutan border triangle near Doklam Plateau, commencing with Chinese road construction activity in Bhutanese territory (As per laid down...

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Skipping OBOR Summit would reflect 'India First' Policy

Skipping OBOR Summit would reflect 'India First' Policy

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 May , 2017

The People’s Daily on May 13, 2017 confirmed the participation of US, EU, some European Countries, Japan and South Korea in Belt and Road Forum (BRF) commencing in Beijing on May 14, 2017.The...

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