• 24 March, 2023
Geopolitics & National Security
Maj Gen Ashok Kumar
Maj Gen Ashok Kumar

Maj Gen Ashok Kumar, VSM (Retd) is a Kargil war veteran and defence analyst. He is visiting fellow of CLAWS and specialises on neighbouring countries with special focus on China.

Articles Lists

Artificial Intelligence In Military Systems: India Needs To Bridge The Technological Asymmetry

Swarms of robots with the ability to kill humans are no longer only the stuff of science fiction movies like the Terminator but an ‘in your face’ reality today. Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) have arrived on the battlefields across the globe. Recent armed conflicts have witnessed an

Faux Pas In Punjab

History, as Karl Marx said, “repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”. What we witnessed in the 1980s was a tragedy when, as has been rightly said, there was no such thing as government; there was the police and there were terrorists. It took more than ten years to defeat terrorism and

A Line Divided: The Frayed Edges Will Remain

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) released its Annual Report 2021-22 on March 13. The report notes: "Since April-May 2020, the Chinese side undertook several attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Western Sector, which seriously disturbed the pea

Indo-Japan Security Cooperation

Indo-Japan relations are embedded in history. Exchanges between the two countries started in the sixth century BC when Buddhism travelled from India to Japan. Since establishing diplomatic ties, the two countries have enjoyed cordial relations. In 2008 India and Japan signed a Joint Declaration on S

‘Armed Co-Existence’ Redux: Analysing The Cost For China

When the Chinese decided to plan a ‘counterattack’ against India in 1962, the biggest hurdle faced by the PLA was the problem of mobilisation for a “People’s war”. Accustomed to local support in all its mobilisation plans, the campaign in Tibet was a challenge since the Han dominated PLA w

Grey Zone Warfare – Need for Inoculating India

“It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”                                                                            ― Henry Kissinger The sense of justice, equalit

What is MBS Upto?

If there’s one country that has really surprised the world with its diplomatic maneuvers, it is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia(KSA). The undeclared declared leader of the Islamic world, KSA has appeared close to Russia than ever before, especially after Joe Biden assumed office. Biden’s election

India’s G 20 Presidency : Lessons From The Past And Opportunities For Future

“As we meet together in India at the end of 1983, representing a quarter of the world’s people from every continent and many regions, we have shared both our concerns and our hopes for international security. Despite differences of approach which affect the way we analyse and judge events, it is

India’s Lithium Resource: A Perspective

Global economy has been dealt tandem blows by the Pandemic and Ukraine crisis. The world is now in the grip of a major fuel, food and fertilizer crisis, rising interest rates, high inflation and subdued growth. Manufacturing industries across the world are struggling with supply chain bottlenecks. G

The Quad Foreign Ministers Meeting- Key Takeaways

With Japan and India being Chair of G-7 and G-20 respectively during this year, the Quad Foreign Ministers meeting in Delhi had aimed to signal broader geopolitical coherence among the Quad members.  In the last five years, the Quad members have held regular meetings to discuss regional and global

One Year Into The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Many Questions And Few Lessons

“We will not fight a war against Russia in Ukraine. Direct conflict between NATO and Russia is World War III, something we must strive to prevent.” President Joe Biden Russia – Ukraine war has entered its second year, with no end in sight. The war has brought into focus numerous issues relat

Growing Influence of China in West Asia

Does it signal the end of the US hegemony and the dawn of a new multi-polar order? The political scientists are of the opinion that China under Xi Jinping has come up to be a challenge for the global power ecosystem that has been largely led by the West for decades. This is being reflected throug