Major General SB Asthana, SM, VSM

Major General SB Asthana, SM, VSM

Major General SB Asthana, SM, VSM

Defense expert

Globally acknowledged Strategic and Security Analyst authored over 400 publications. Veteran Infantry General with 40 years of experience in national and varied international fields. Held various key appointments in Army and UN. TV commentator, Speaker in various Strategic, Military forums, UN Organisations, and Universities. Interviewed by various National and International news channels/newspapers/organisations on strategic, military and UN-related subjects.

Currently On Governing/Security Council Confederation of Education Excellence CEE, International Organisation of Education Development (IOED), and other UN Organisations. On Advisory Board of Global Advisors Consultants Corporation, member Expert Group Challenges Forum, IOED representative in UN Headquarters, Vienna, Austria. Chief Instructor, USI of India, the oldest think tank of India. Former Director-General Infantry in Indian Army. Distinguished Expert, Bharat Centre of Canada.

Awarded twice by President of India, twice by UN, CEE excellence award for Nation building by Governor of Haryana. Awarded for “International Diplomacy and Global Conflict Resolutions” by IOED twice, a Consultative body for ECOSOC and International Police Commission – IPC India, by former Prime Minister of Moldova.

Opinions/Stories

Opinion | Is war-fatigue causing twists and turns in the Russia-Ukraine War?

While the kinetic, contact, hybrid war is on between Russia and Ukraine, the US-led NATO is fighting a non-kinetic, non-contact, undeclared war in economic, information, diplomatic and political…

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Opinion: Is the West weaponising Ukrainian nationalism to checkmate Russia?  

If the war gets prolonged further, Ukraine will be destroyed physically, Russia will suffer punitive financial cost, EU will lose long lasting peace and energy security, and the entire world will…

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Opinion: Have big powers pushed Ukraine towards disaster?

The political aim of Russia seems to be to target Ukraine’s leadership to give up demand of NATO membership, or else force a regime change, replacing it with a pro-Russian government not…

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Why Ukraine is a testbed for big power contestation

While the flashpoint may be Ukraine but contestation is of big powers is involved directly or indirectly. The outcome of this faceoff has global implications not only in Europe, but globally…

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Opinion: International groupings and initiatives to address China's challenge in Indo-Pacific

The United Nations and the United Nations Security Council have proven ineffective in combating China's expansionism and aggressiveness, as the UNSC is structured in such a way that it cannot pass…

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Opinion | Putin visiting India: Is it strategic balancing?

The impending visit, besides deal to commence indigenous manufacturing of AK 203 Kalashnikov rifles, may see some forward movement in collaboration in manufacturing

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Opinion | Multidimensional Concirclement of India by China: How is New Delhi preparing? 

India needs a change in mindset from reactive to proactive. The country needs to come up with additional offensive capability created to demonstrate capacity to inflict punitive cost as Beijing…

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Opinion: Why US needs to revisit CAATSA

Here is why it is essential for the US to rethink about Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) before it jeopardises the country's relations with strategic partners like…

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Opinion: Afghan Women hostage under Taliban rule despite promises

Beheading of Mahjubin Hakimi, women volleyball player in Kabul has brought to the fore questions on Taliban's intent to follow through on its promises on many things in Afghanistan

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India border issues: Strategy beyond talkathon to deal with China

The Indian aim has been to get Chinese back to pre-standoff positions as of April 2020 in all friction points, not to concede unilateral change of LAC, and pursue talks towards its demarcation,…

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Opinion | Why US strategy in Afghanistan failed against Taliban-Pakistan nexus?

Pakistan's nexus with the Taliban is quite old and its assistance to it was one of the causes of the US failure in Afghanistan as it manages to play a double game

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Opinion | Theatre Commands: Is India on right path, at right time? 

Today, India is facing a ‘Two Front Threat’ in real terms, in a manner that it is already in standoff with the largest military in the world, and the other adversary is also devising new ways to…

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Opinion: How different is Israel-Hamas ceasefire this time?

The ceasefire has taken effect. But will it last?

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Opinion: Reactive defensive strategy will not work against China

The need for dedicated Mountain Strike Corps for India is inescapable, to create worthwhile punitive deterrence against China, which can also be used elsewhere

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Opinion | China-India disengagement at Ladakh: An unfinished agenda

Chinese will like to keep border unsettled, till the time the political cost of not settling it, becomes higher than doing so.

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