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International Code of Conduct for Outer Space: Major Asian perspectives
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
27 October 2014
While the EU has been engaged in bilateral, regional and global efforts to enlist greater support for its Code on ICoC, one cannot say with certainty that the result has been totally satisfactory. There are still many countries that see the EU-proposed measure as problematic owing to a number of issues.
Ageing and insufficient submarines plague Indian Navy
P K Ghosh
15 October 2014
Indian Navy requires at least 30 submarines to fulfil its commitments. But the Navy currently has only 13 subs - that too fairly old diesel electric conventional submarines . Shockingly, only half of them are operational at any given time.
Forward together we go in space?
Jennifer McArdle and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
13 October 2014
With much fanfare, Indian Prime Minister Modi's trip to the United States came to a close September 30. However, beyond catchy slogans, are current Indo-US space cooperative initiatives living up to their full potential? Will space help India and the U.S. move forward together for a better world?
Deconstructing Pakistan's Command and Control ? Tactical Nuclear Weapons
Arka Biswas
13 October 2014
Development and production of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) by Pakistan has increased the level of tensions in South Asia, though it has, in an attempt to ease global concerns over its development of TNWs, has assured that its top leadership will continue to have complete control over its TNWs if deployed.
South China Sea dispute could lead to China-Indonesia conflict
P K Ghosh
08 October 2014
As the pressure on the new government in Jakarta increases to overtly declare its status against the Chinese in the South China Sea, it also risks falling into the 'extended coercive diplomacy' strategy of the Chinese which focuses on the coercion of an adversary aligned with the US.
Privacy Through Fragmentation?
Anahita Mathai
05 October 2014
Long before Snowden, it was suggested that the best way forward was to abandon 'the Internet' and embrace multiple internets, essentially privatising networks. The splintering of the Internet is one possible consequence of viewing Internet rights through the prism of private property.
India's NSG membership questions NSG-NPT relationship
Arka Biswas
04 October 2014
The talk on India's participation at the Nuclear Suppliers Group has initiated a discourse on the future of the Group, with particular reference to the Group's relationship with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Xi's India trip: Time for a reality check
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
18 September 2014
As Xi and Modi meet in first Ahmedabad and then in New Delhi, India has political and strategic issues that it will want China to respond to - the contested border and territorial issues, China-Pakistan cooperation on nuclear, missile, maritime and border infrastructure issues.
Importance of leading the Indian Ocean neighbours
N Sathiya Moorthy
11 September 2014
In the 21st century global and regional contexts, it's too much for India and its southern neighbours to expect the US to stay away from the region, militarily. If the US is there, the assumption is that China will not be far away. India can make a difference to what could emerge as the re-emergence of a 'new cold war' in this region.
ICANN and GAC ? A Review of proposed byelaw changes
Amitabh Singhal
09 September 2014
From an internet governance point of view, and the debate over the ITU staking its claim over managing the internet resources and taking over the ICANN functions, GAC's role is an important one, but which often finds itself as not having enough 'clout' in the ICANN decision making process.
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