Articles By Maj Gen SB Asthana

Will Tides Turn in Russia’s Favour?

Will Tides Turn in Russia’s Favour?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2024

As the war in Ukraine completes two years, Russia seems emboldened by success in capturing Avdivka and seems to be advancing westwards near Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Donetsk City, Robotyne and Krynky,...

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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: 14 Feb , 2024

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 Netanyahu’s Frustration in Gaza becoming too Costly for all Stakeholders?

Is Netanyahu’s Frustration in Gaza becoming too Costly for all Stakeholders?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Dec , 2023

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is expanding beyond proportions with death toll crossing 20,000 and counting, over 50,000 injured to include unprecedented numbers of women and children in eleven...

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Israel-Hamas Conflict: Decoding Opposing Strategies and Way Ahead? 

Israel-Hamas Conflict: Decoding Opposing Strategies and Way Ahead? 

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2023

Backdrop  The asymmetric, irregular, dirty war triggered by the brutal terror attack by Hamas on Israel on October 07, 2023, targeting innocent civilians and children calls for global...

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Chinese ‘Cartographic Offensive’ is a Part of its ‘Three Warfare...

Chinese ‘Cartographic Offensive’ is a Part of its ‘Three Warfare...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Aug , 2023

Backdrop The 2023 edition of the standard map of China, released by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Peoples Republic of China (PRC) is neither the first attempt to illegally document...

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Chinese Nuclear Push in Cold War 2.0 Makes World Unsafe as Global Focus...

Chinese Nuclear Push in Cold War 2.0 Makes World Unsafe as Global Focus...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jun , 2023

Backdrop  With the over-involvement of USA to weaken Russia in continued Cold War 1.0, unrestrained China is making rapid strides in enhancing its Comprehensive National Power including nuclear...

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Why are Parties to Russia-Ukraine War Prolonging it?

Why are Parties to Russia-Ukraine War Prolonging it?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Sep , 2022

Backdrop Russia-Ukraine War seems to be entering a deadly phase after seven months, witnessing significant twist in the form of Kremlin’s declaring victory in hasty referendum in four regions...

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Evaluating Strategies in the Russia-Ukraine War

Evaluating Strategies in the Russia-Ukraine War

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Date: 19 Apr , 2022

Amidst the fog of information campaign, after Russia Ukraine War nears two months, a realistic assessment of strategies adopted by the parties to the conflict and operational art displayed by...

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Is the West Weaponising Ukrainian Nationalism up to its Destruction, to...

Is the West Weaponising Ukrainian Nationalism up to its Destruction, to...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Mar , 2022

The conflict in Ukraine has already stretched beyond three weeks of devastation, resulting in over three million refugees, numerous military and civilian casualties, and intermittent...

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Decoding Global Implications of Escalation Dynamics of Conflict in Ukraine...

Decoding Global Implications of Escalation Dynamics of Conflict in Ukraine...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Mar , 2022

The cold war 1.0 may have been declared to be over with disintegration of USSR, but the NATO – Russian tug of war kept it alive, leading to an avoidable conflict, triggered by ‘Big Power...

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Have Big Powers pushed Ukraine to Disaster?

Have Big Powers pushed Ukraine to Disaster?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Feb , 2022

Backdrop Russia has declared war on Ukraine on 24 February 2022, and is executing a plan meticulously prepared and war-gamed. NATO appears to have over-relied on the potency of its sanctions to...

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The 'Wild Card Entry' of China has Accelerated the Global Arms Race

The 'Wild Card Entry' of China has Accelerated the Global Arms Race

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Feb , 2022

Backdrop In post Second World War era the Arms Race was identified by advances and innovations in conventional and nuclear weapons, with US and USSR leading the trend. After acquiring sufficient...

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Multidimensional Concirclement of India by China: How is India Preparing?

Multidimensional Concirclement of India by China: How is India Preparing?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Nov , 2021

Backdrop Unchallenged Xi Jinping with renewed mandate by CCP, during his conversation with President Joe Biden has tried to create an impression of bipolar world order in existence, although the...

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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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