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The Political Crisis in Nepal and China's Policy of Non-Interference
Mr. Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
08 January 2021:
With healthy relations between the Nepalese Communist Party (NCP) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and the political situation slowly deteriorating in Nepal, China’s ambassador in Kathmandu, Hou Yanqi, was working overtime meeting the leaders of the feuding political factions to “keep the flock of warring Communist leaders together,” and prevent a split in the NCP, a move that would undoubtedly be detrimental to Beijing’s strategic interests and the BRI projects in the country...Read more

China’s growing Military-Civilian Synergy in the Indian Ocean Region
Mr. Rohan Khattar Singh, Research Associate, CAPS
24 December 2020:
China has begun utilizing its merchant and fishing ships for its strategic objectives. The rising military-civil synergy has allowed Chinese civil vessels to dock at various MSR docks and ports while undertaking economic activities of fishing and transportation of resources. Chinese fishing trawlers have rammed and sunk Vietnamese, Philippine, Indonesian and Japanese ships , creating serious concern for the IOR littorals with small or non-existent navies...Read more

Effect of COVID-19 on Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Digital Spaces
Dr. Kriti Singh, Assistant Professor, Sharda University
18 December 2020:
A major threat to the well-being of populations worldwide has been created by COVID-19 deadly virus in the form of the rise of online violent extremism, which escalated during lockdowns. It is evident that the terrorist and extremist groups are taking advantage of this global pandemic to destabilise the political structures and peace and harmony in society...Read more
 

Reviving the Trilateral: Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives
Mr. Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
14 December 2020:
The revival of this trilateral comes at a pertinent time of increasing activity in the Indian Ocean and signals New Delhi’s proactive approach to strengthen cooperation with its partners and ensure peace and stability in the region...Read more

Deepening India-U.S. Partnership: Implications for South Asia
Ms. Rushali Saha, Research Associate, CAPS
10 December 2020:
The positive upswing in India-U.S. relations has paralleled a steep downfall in India-China relations—reaching its nadir following Beijing’s unprovoked aggression in Ladakh.  United States has come out vocally in support of India against China....Read more

Nuclear Power in Japan's New Goals to Combat Climate Change
Ms. Zoya Akhter, Research Associate, CAPS
07 December 2020:
Having once been the third largest user of nuclear power in the world, the Fukushima accident in 2011 saw a major decline in Japan's civil nuclear programme. The accident resulted in the country shutting down all its nuclear reactors until more stringent safety clearances were authorised....Read more

Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist: Complications for Biden Administration’s Options on JCPOA
Dr. Hina Pandey, Associate Fellow, CAPS
02 December 2020:
Since December 2019, Iran has often conveyed its intention to reverse its commitments under the JCPOA in response to the US abandoning the JCPOA. The upcoming Biden Administration has once again renewed the promise of constructively engaging Iran on the nuclear deal....Read more

The Islamic State Khorasan Province: A High-Stakes Political Blame-Game? 
Mr. Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
25 November, 2020:
 The existing political tussle between the Afghan government and the Taliban benefits ISKP and presents it with more opportunities to conduct attacks and strengthen its position....Read more

INDIA’S FORTHCOMING NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY STRATEGY: Analysing the Past to Predict the Expected Outcome
Dr.E.Dilipraj, Research Fellow, CAPS
19 November 2020:
During his speech, on India’s 74th Independence Day on August 15, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced from the ramparts of the Red Fort that the country would soon release its National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS). While the cyber community of the country were already aware about the drafting of the strategy document, such an announcement from the PM during his national address has put the document in limelight...Read more

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