Major General S B Asthana

Major General S B Asthana

Defense expert

The author is a strategic and security analyst, a veteran Infantry General with 40 years of experience in national & international fields and UN. He has been awarded twice by President of India, United Nations, former Prime Minister Moldova and Governor of Haryana. He is currently Chief Instructor at USI of India.

Opinions/Stories

Strategic inferences from Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict 2020, post ceasefire

The peace agreement is much to the displeasure of Armenia -- even though it has prevented many innocent killings in the crossfire for the time being.

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India-China standoff: Not quick-fix but a long-lasting strategic solution is required

Indian determination not to concede unilateral shift of LAC and prepare for ‘Two-Front War’ should the situation so demand, has added to the discomfort of Chinese besides increasing numbers of…

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Decoding Chinese strategic intent in prolonged standoff at LAC

India needs to avoid any quick fix diplomatic solutions like five-point agreement, seeking fresh CBMs, mutual disengagement and ideas like buffer zone, which help Chinese agenda, like many other…

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How is peace process in Afghanistan affecting India?

The peace deal does not guarantee success of Intra-Afghan dialogue; hence all stake holders have to wait and see its progress with hope, as well as apprehension. 

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Indo-Iran engagements: Did India pick up right choices?

India’s unhindered engagement with Iran can be a mitigating factor for India and US in reaching out to West Asia and CAR.

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How China impacts security dynamics in Northeast India

India needs to speed up the infrastructural development and inclusive growth of the Northeast region to arrest any disharmony and security risks. 

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South China Sea standoff: Can Quad check China's encroachment?

The global community must continue to condemn Chinese encroachment.

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What Baghdadi's death means for South Asia and future of Islamic State

Baghdadi's death, soon followed by the announcement of his successor Ibrahim al Hashimi al Quraishi, doesn't mean the end of Islamic State

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Pakistan trying hard to spread false narratives on Jammu and Kashmir

The recent attempt of Pakistani PM Imran Khan trying to portray himself as the poster boy for Kashmiris must be rebutted with his continued silence over atrocities in Balochistan and Xinjiang

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Iran has shown no signs of buckling under US pressure

So far, Iran has shown no signs that it will buckle under the US pressure

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US-Taliban talks: Peace remains a distant dream for Afghanistan

Taliban is unlikely to give up the ambition of ruling through Sharia laws irrespective of the accommodating words they have been using during the peace talks.

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UN ban on Masood Azhar: Pakistan is drawing its strength from China

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaida Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, UK and the US

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India must opt for 'out-of-box' options to counter proxy war by Pakistan

India must follow a multipronged approach including - diplomatic, political, economic and military offensive against Pakistan

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What to expect from the Trump-Kim summit II

The fact that President Trump is meeting Kim Jong-un again means that 'nuclear blackmailing' works.

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Decoding report which raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

The report highlights a contingency about a possible attack on Taiwan.

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