United States Outmanoeuvres Russia Once Again?

In a recent briefing, the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Avril Haines warned, “I would characterize it as the Russians aren’t winning, and the Ukrainians aren’t winning, and we’re at a bit of a stalemate here.” So, where is the Russia-Ukraine war heading? What is Russian President Putin planning next? Is Europe ready for it? Are … Continue reading United States Outmanoeuvres Russia Once Again?

How Russia-Ukraine Copied Finland War Without Lessons 

Finland is a unique country with a distinct language and culture. However, its possession was always contested between Sweden and Russia. Though Finland mainly remained under Swedish control in 1809, it was annexed by Russia. Using the end of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution in late 1917, Finland declared its independence from the … Continue reading How Russia-Ukraine Copied Finland War Without Lessons 

Blackwater – patriotic mercenaries or license to be killed?

The infantryman’s only private sector equivalent job is mercenary.  One downside to the merc good money gig is risk.  Back in the day, Blackwater shooters were approximately 8 times more likely to be killed than our uniformed personnel; and although data is not completely reliable, contractors (conducting direct military type assistance vice cooking and cleaning) probably suffered more … Continue reading Blackwater – patriotic mercenaries or license to be killed?

Wang Yi In India: Is India Ready For A Reset 

today “A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk, and Xi is drunk on power” ~ Insightful Geopolitics Chinese foreign minister and State Councilor Wang Yi was to visit Nepal from 25-27 March 2022. He is also likely to visit Bhutan and Bangladesh after that. However, as per the latest information, Wang has already landed … Continue reading Wang Yi In India: Is India Ready For A Reset 

Ukraine Conflict and India’s Hard Choices

On 24th January 2022, I assessed and tweeted from my account (@InsightGL) that Russia will invade Ukraine after 20th February, the closing day of the disastrous Beijing Winter Olympics. Unfortunately, my predictions came true, and activities started on 21st February. The invasion of Ukraine is part of history now. The question, “Who to side with”, has already put many nations … Continue reading Ukraine Conflict and India’s Hard Choices

Vladimir Putin: What’s Cooking Between Two Ears 

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin gave an important speech on 21 February 2022. He recognized the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. This followed the invasion of Ukraine on intervening night of 23-24 February 2022. These actions changed the course of both history and geography. What is Russian President … Continue reading Vladimir Putin: What’s Cooking Between Two Ears 

Should India Be Worried About Russia-China Bonhomie ?  

Many analysts in the neighborhood of China show anxiety over the Russia-China bonhomie. Their concerns are valid, but the reasons are not. All these countries need not worry but rather be vigilant so that the fast-changing geopolitical vista doesn’t spring surprises. I (@InsightGL) present an in-depth analysis on India’s premier ‘Think-Tank’ organization Chanakya Forum: https://chanakyaforum.com/should-india-be-worried-about-russia-china-bonhomie/#comment-10404

Crystal Gazing 2022: India and The World

If we thought 2020 and 2021 presented uncertainties then 2022 is here to surprise all of us. It could be remembered as one of the most complex, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous years in the recent past. COVID-19, oil crossing $100/barrel, Iran-US nuclear talks, Iran-Israel tension, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, cryptocurrency, and militarization of outer … Continue reading Crystal Gazing 2022: India and The World