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IN FOCUS: DECEMBER 2013

YASUKUNI CONTROVERSY FOR JAPAN: ABE’S VISIT A REPLY TO THE CHINESE ADIZ?
Prerna Gandhi, Research Associate, CAPS

30 DEC 2013:
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine on 26 December 2013, first anniversary of his taking office has infuriated China and South Korea once again...read more

WILL THE EGYPTIAN COUP CHANGE THE DYNAMICS OF POLITICAL ISLAM?
Kamran Shahid Ansari,Research Associate, CAPS
              
26 DEC 2013:
The statements made by the US Secretary of State John Kerry in his brief visit to Cairo, in the first week of November, make clear that the US is committed to work with Egypt’s interim rulers...read more

DE-CONFLICTING SIACHEN: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Wg Cdr Nishant Gupta, Research Fellow, CAPS

26 DEC 2013:
: On December 4, 2013 Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Affairs, called upon India to withdraw Indian forces deployed at Siachen Glacier...read more


INCHING TOWARDS CREDIBLE DETERRENCE
Arjun Subramanian P, Associate Fellow, CAPS

26 DEC 2013:
A news report in the Indian Express says that India is all set to test launch its longer range Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) K-4 from an underwater platform by the end of next month...read more

CHINA ON THE MOON: WOULD THE FEAT EMBOLDEN DRAGON TO EXHIBIT MORE BELLIGERENT BEHAVIOUR?
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS           

26 DEC 2013:
“That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong’s quote on stepping onto the lunar surface in July 1969 is one of the most inspiring phrases ever to have been uttered...read more   

CHINA’S EAST CHINA SEA ADIZ: CONFUSION AND ALARM
Ravinder, Senior Fellow, CAPS

23DEC 2013:
China’s surprise announcement of creating a new ADIZ in the East China Sea has caused much confusion and alarm in the Asia -Pacific region...read more

BRAIN DRAIN AT DRDO: INDIGENISATION IN PERIL?
Ankit Kumar,Research Associate, CAPS

              
17 DEC 2013:
According to the statement made by Defence Minister A.K. Antony in parliament on 8th December, a total of 443 scientists resigned from the DRDO during 2008-2012...read more

BRITAIN-CHINA RAPPROCHEMENT: TIBET ISSUE SIDELINED
Tseyang Lhamo, Research Associate, CAPS

11 DEC 2013: David Cameron’s paid three days visit to China in early December accompanied by around hundred business delegates...read more

THE ROAR OF GROWTH: HOW WILL CHINA FACE ITS HAZARDOUS POLLUTION LEVELS?
Prerna Gandhi, Research Associate, CAPS

10 Dec 2013: Even the Chinese government cannot censor the hazardous smog that’s become part and parcel of daily Chinese life...read more

ARCTIC: IS IT US VS. RUSSIA ONCE AGAIN?
Prerna Gandhi, Research Associate, CAPS

09 DEC 2013: Recent statements made by President Vladimir Putin to Russian students on 03 December, this month have emphasized the antagonism between Russia and US...read more

CHINA’S ADIZ: REACTIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
Sana Hashmi,Associate Fellow, CAPS

06 DEC 2013: Chinese Air Force spokesperson, Shen Jinke announced that, “any aircraft flying through the newly designated East China Sea ADIZ must seek prior permission...read more

CLASH OF THE TITANS
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS

05 DEC 2013: When China established an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) to support its claims over parts of disputed East China Sea...read more

APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW ARMY CHIEF IN PAKISTAN
Mohammed Rashid,Research Associate, CAPS

05 DEC 2013: Is the appointment of new army chief by Nawaz Sharif an effective step to limit the sway of an institution...read more   

IN FOCUS: NOVEMBER 2013

CHINA’S AWACS : HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT
Ravinder, Senior Fellow, CAPS

30 NOV 2013:
China last week announced that it was setting up an “air defence identification zone” (ADIZ) in the East China Sea over an area...read more

US REBALANCING STRATEGY: FACING SEVERE SCRUTINY?

Asha Mathew, Research Associate, CAPS

30 NOV 2013: When there were speculations of a possible US military strike on Syria, political analyst...read more

CHINA’S RESPONSE TO THE SYRIAN CRISIS
Simrat Virk, Research Associate, CAPS

30 NOV 2013: There has been a lot of talk recently about severe human right violations in the context of the Syrian crisis...read more

REVISITING INDIA’S NUCLEAR LIABILITY ACT
Ji Yeon-jung, Research Scholar, JNU

30 NOV 2013:
While the Russian-built Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu is now generating electricity, India’s ambitious nuclear energy plan seems...read more          

‘CHAKRA’ VIEW: STRENGTHENING INDIA’S UNDERSEA WARFARE CAPABILITY
Arjun Subramanian P,Associate Fellow, CAPS

28 NOV 2013:
In the Indian naval arena, one of the most recent developments is India’s plans to lease a second nuclear submarine from Russia...read more

PHASE I, COMPLETE; PHASE II, COMMENCING SOON…
Ankit Kumar, Research Associate, CAPS           

27 NOV 2013:
With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Cambodia and Laos coming to end on 17th November...read more

THE PERILS OF ‘PEACEFUL ATOMS’: A REFLECTION ON RECENT SINO-PAK NUCLEAR COOPERATION
Hina Pandey, Research Associate, CAPS

26 NOV 2013:
The signing of peaceful nuclear cooperation agreements (PNCA) between states is not new...read more

PLAN’S J-15: TECHNOLOGICAL MARVEL OR MILITARY FOLLY?
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS     

22 NOV 2013:
When Shenyang Aircraft Corporation developed J-15 little did they envisage that one day they will be facing unfavourable comments...
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RELEVANCE OF INS VIKRAMADITYA IN SECURITY PERSPECTIVE OF INDIA
Chandra Rekha, Research Associate, CAPS

22 NOV 2013:The handing over of INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier to India will further enhance not only the operational capabilities of the Indian Navy ...read more

INDIA CHALLENGES CHINA IN LAC
 E. Dilipraj,Research Associate, CAPS

21 NOV 2013:Pangong Tso’ lake - the scenically beautiful blue lake has become the current contest ground for the two Asian giants – India and China...read more

INS VIKRAMADITYA: THE ARRIVAL OF A GAME CHANGER
 Kriti Singh, Associate Fellow, CAPS

19 NOV 2013: As the geopolitical dynamics keeps on shifting, so does the defence strategy keep on reinventing themselves with changing times...read more

DRAGON EXHIBITS A BENIGN ATTITUDE TOWARDS MARKET
Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS

14 NOV 2013: World’s second largest economy issued a communiqué after a four day behind closed doors meeting stating...read more

CHINA TURKEY MISSILE DEFENCE COOPERATION
Debalina Ghoshal, Associate Fellow, CAPS
09 NOV 2013:An interesting development in recent times has been the nascent talks of missile defence cooperation between China and Turkey...read more

OPENING ADDRESS CAPS/CII CONFERENCE 06 NOV 2013
Air Marshal Vinod Patney SYSM PVSM AVSM VrC (Retd),Director General CAPS

08 NOV 2013: Much has been achieved by the Indian Aerospace Industry and the support, bilateral I may add, of foreign aerospace industry has been meaningful...read more

WHY CHINA WILL PURSUE CYBER WARFARE MORE AGGRESSIVELY?
Wg Cdr MK Sharma,Research Fellow, CAPS

08 NOV 2013: The New York Times (06 May 2013) carried a story claiming that  People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398 near Shanghai has been identified...read more

DIRECTING ENERGY V/S PGM –A CHEAPER APPROACH TO DESTROY STRATEGIC TARGETS
Gp Capt B Bose, Senior Fellow, CAPS

08 NOV 2013:All over the world, military planners have been using a large number of weapons to destroy a particular strategic target...read more

ATTACK IN TIANANMEN SQUARE: AN ACT OF TERROR OR VOICE OF SUPPRESSED?
By Wg Cdr Raj Mongia, Research Fellow, CAPS

05 Nov 2013: 28 Oct 2013 attack in Tiananmen Square resulting in death of five persons underlined a new challenge which is likely to alter...read more

CHINA CONTINUES WITH MINING WORK IN TAR AMIDST PROTESTS
Simrat Kaur Virk, Research Associate, CAPS                                                                                       

05 Nov 2013: A recent news report in August this year brought to light the issue of large-scale ‘illegal’ mining in many areas of the Tibet Autonomous Region...read more

RIPPLES OF UNRESOLVED BORDER DISPUTE BETWEEN INDIA-CHINA: VISA ROWS
Tseyang Lhamo,Research Associate, CAPS    

05 Nov 2013: India and China have a long pending unresolved border dispute which causes unfolding of certain events where inhabitants of the disputed region...read more

PAKISTAN AND TALIBAN PEACE PROCESS - DOOMED TO FAIL?
Mohammed Rashid, Research Associate, CAPS

04 Nov 2013: Is Taliban in Pakistan getting strengthened by Pakistan government actions especially with the peace agreements?...read more

PRAHAR: A CONVENTIONAL REJOINDER
Dr. Sitakanta Mishra, Research Fellow, CAPS & Visiting Scholar, Cooperative Management Centre, Sandia National Lab, Albuquerque, USA

04 Nov 2013: Strategic utility of missile systems is vividly interpreted. While hardliners view the precision-strike tactical missiles as protection...read more