North Korea Blinks: Is it Real or a Ploy to Minimise Sanctions?

Asthana Writes

Sharing my article published in the Journal of the United Service Institution of India, Vol. CXLVIII, No. 611, January-March 2018.

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The published article gives the detailed analysis of the events which followed subsequently, including cancellation of talks between South and North Korea, some war of words, symbolic dismantling of nuclear site, up to cancellation of proposed Summit in Singapore between President Trump and Dictator Kim on 24 May 2018.

Dictator Kim’s dramatic announcement of 12 May 2018, (as per their state media), that North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, comes merely a month before his scheduled historic Summit on June 12 with US President Trump in Singapore. With this announcement and release of American prisoners he seems to have created a feel good factor for for President Trump in his domestic circle. While the US is seeking the “complete…

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Opinion: With Kashmir ceasefire, India walks a fine line: Maj Gen Asthana, WION News

  The developmental efforts initiated by Indian government in Jammu and Kashmir are appreciative and welcome measure for the state, as well as for the country and adds to physical, mental and social outreach of the nation into far flung areas. These have been preceded by controversial measures of amnesty to stone pelters, and declaration … Continue reading Opinion: With Kashmir ceasefire, India walks a fine line: Maj Gen Asthana, WION News

North Korea Blinks: Is it Real or a Ploy to Minimise Sanctions?

Sharing my article published in the Journal of the United Service Institution of India, Vol. CXLVIII, No. 611, January-March 2018. The published article gives the detailed analysis of the events which followed subsequently, including cancellation of talks between South and North Korea, some war of words, symbolic dismantling of nuclear site, up to cancellation of proposed Summit in Singapore between … Continue reading North Korea Blinks: Is it Real or a Ploy to Minimise Sanctions?

Keeping the Peace: Interview of Major General S B Asthana by Safety and Security International (Germany)

Sharing my interview  published by Safety and Security International (Germany), on Peacekeeping in February edition of their e-book Edition 2/2018. It is an International Security Magazine covering all aspects of counter terror, critical infrastructure, disaster relief and cyber protection worldwide. The interviewer is Mr Tim Mahon. My interview is covered from pages 2 to 4 of … Continue reading Keeping the Peace: Interview of Major General S B Asthana by Safety and Security International (Germany)

Tibetan Water and Trans-Border Rivers: Concerns for India

The 11th meeting of the Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on Trans-Border Rivers between India and China, concluded at Hangzhou, in end March with solitary worthwhile mention-able outcome that China will resume sharing of the hydro-logical data on downstream rivers especially  Brahmputra River, which was suspended last year by China due to an excuse of technological reasons like up-gradation … Continue reading Tibetan Water and Trans-Border Rivers: Concerns for India

Interview of Maj Gen Asthana by Global Review, Politik und Kritik weltweit (Germany) on multifarious Global Issues.

I am sharing with friends my interview with Global Review ( Germany). The interviewer is  Ralf Ostener. The interviewer has questioned on a very wide range of global issues to include Multi-polarity and 'Great Power Relations, UNO Reforms, Global organisations and groupings, New World Order, North Korea, Act East policy, AAGC and BRI, and various … Continue reading Interview of Maj Gen Asthana by Global Review, Politik und Kritik weltweit (Germany) on multifarious Global Issues.

Why Separatists being protected by J&K Government? Son becomes militant after enjoying all perks.

The country has been asking this question from the Kashmir Government since last two decades, more so after NIA started investigations to reconfirm that the separatists are the biggest conduits for terror funding, as to why they are being protected on taxpayers money? It most frustrating for any Indian that these separatists who do not … Continue reading Why Separatists being protected by J&K Government? Son becomes militant after enjoying all perks.

Does Indian Military requires Apex Level Restructuring and Integrated Theatre Commands like US and PLA?

    A fresh wave of speculations and discussions has triggered recently about Integrated Theatre Commands in India, when some media sources broke the news of notifications wherein an officer of one Service can exercise direct command over personnel of other two Services. The subject is an old debate which reignited after China created Integrated … Continue reading Does Indian Military requires Apex Level Restructuring and Integrated Theatre Commands like US and PLA?

Is Beijing planning to take Taiwan back … by force? SCMP

Sharing comments of mine  on articles by Minni Chan in South China Morning Post SCMP of 15 March 2018, along with my latest update on the issue as on 20 March 2018. When US President Donald Trump approved a travel bill allowing American representatives to meet their counterparts on the self-ruled Taiwan calling itself “Republic … Continue reading Is Beijing planning to take Taiwan back … by force? SCMP

Interview of Maj Gen S B Asthana by Financial Express on Pakistan, China & some related issues

Notwithstanding the President Xi Jinping becoming autocratic ruler of China,  trying to take Asia under his wings, and no significant change in Pakistan's behavior in recent times (including recent spate with diplomats), India has to deal firmly with both, on our terms. In this context I am sharing an Interview of mine by Financial Express … Continue reading Interview of Maj Gen S B Asthana by Financial Express on Pakistan, China & some related issues