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Revisiting Nuclear Anxiety on the International Day Against Nuclear Tests
Dr Hina Pandey, Associate Fellow, CAPS
06 September 2020:
On 29th August 2020, the tenth anniversary of the International Test Ban Day was commemorated; a day that is aimed at enhancing public awareness concerning the negative effects of nuclear weapon tests/explosions and the need for achieving a nuclear weapon-free world....Read more

China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and the Risk of Deterrence Breakdown
Ms Sanjana Gogna, Research Associate, CAPS
05 September 2020:
China's nuclear strategy is known to be based on the concept of limited deterrence; It's leaders embrace the idea that the presence of a small number of nuclear warheads is enough to deter nuclear attack and counter nuclear blackmail. At present, China’s estimated nuclear stockpile consists of about 320 warheads....Read more

Pakistan’s Nuclear Behaviour and Deterrence Breakdown
Ms.Nasima Khatoon, Research Associate, CAPS
01 September 2020:
Pakistan’s nuclear development programme and nuclear strategy have largely remained India centric and it essentially seeks to deter India’s conventional force superiority. A close look at changes in Pakistan’s nuclear policy over the years indicates this India centric posture....Read more

Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact of Nuclear Bombings: Drawing Upon Hiroshima and the Movie “The Day After”
Ms Zoya Akhter Fathima, Research Associate, CAPS
31 August 2020:
Seventy-five years ago the atom was weaponised for the first time which ushered a revolution in global geopolitics that continues to dictate the behaviour of nation-states to this day. Almost four decades after Hiroshima, at the peak of the Cold War period, when the nuclear threat loomed large, Hollywood director Nicholas Meyer directed a movie called “The Day After”....Read more

Factors behind the Jalalabad prison raid by the Islamic State Khorasan Province
Mr Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
19 August 2020:
The city of Jalalabad, the capital of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, was rocked by the sounds of gunfire and explosions on Sunday evening, 2nd August. While violence in Afghanistan is not uncommon, people were looking forward to a quiet weekend after the Eid-al-Adha celebrations ...Read more

China’s ‘Wedge Strategy’
Mr.Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
08 August 2020:
Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, recently held a meeting with counterparts in Afghanistan, Nepal, and Pakistan, amidst the border standoff with India, and called for the four nations to “strengthen their connections for regional peace and security.”...Read more

Assessing France's Success in Anti-Terror Operations in Africa 
Ms.Arushi Singh, Research Intern, CAPS
21 July 2020:
On June  30, 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to attend the G5 Sahel Summit, spoke about the desire to “Europeanize the fight against terrorism in the Sahel”, as he handed over the lead of counterterrorism operations in the Sahel to the European Union....Read more

China-Iran Relations and China’s Growing Presence in the West Asia
Mr. Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
20 July 2020:
Over the past decade, under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has increased its economic, political, and to a lesser extent its security footprint in the West Asia. The BRI has not only acted as a catalyst allowing China to increase its presence in the region but also for the individual countries to use China as a means to develop and diversify their economies....Read more

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