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JANUARY 2017

CHINA’S NEW CYBERSECURITY LAW AND TAKEAWAYS FOR INDIA
Mr E.Dilipraj, Associate Fellow, CAPS
06 January 2017:
 On November 07, 2016, the 24th Session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress of China passed the country’s Cybersecurity Law....read more

IS CONSTRAINED: SHIFTING AGENDAS AND TARGETS
Ms Radhika Halder, Research Associate, CAPS
11 January 2017:
 The New Year has only just begun and already given us the first terror incident. It was in one of Ankara’s nightclubs where a gunman went on a rampage, killing 39 people....read more

QUESTIONING THE ‘ONE CHINA’ PRINCIPLE?
Dr. Puyam Rakesh singh, Research Associate, CAPS
12 January 2017:
 Taiwan remains a very sensitive national issue for China. It is at the heart of China’s ‘One country, two systems’ policy for peaceful reunification of Taiwan. But the island is still a de facto independent state...read more

SHUTTING DOWN OF JAPAN’S MONJU REACTOR: PREVAILING NUCLEAR ENERGY UNCERTAINTIES
Mr.Gideon Kharmalki, Research Associate, CAPS
23 January 2017:
In December 2016, Japanese officials finally decided to pull the plug on the Monju reactor. The Monju reactor is located at Tsuruga city in the Fukui Prefecture...read more

ALLEGED RUSSIAN HACKING DURING THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: A POLITICAL WITCH HUNT OR RUSSIAN SUBVERSION?
Gp Capt Ashish Gupta, Senior Fellow, CAPS
24 January 2017:
 The 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election of 2016 was ‘different’ in more than one way than many previously held U.S. presidential elections....read more

WHY IS RUSSIA APAHETIC TOWARDS CPEC?
Ms Chandra Rekha, Associate Fellow, CAPS
31 January 2017:
 The growing partnership between Russia and Pakistan has caused anxiety for India and uncertainty in the overall strategic partnership with its traditional ally- Russia. But is it right to say that the current partnership between Moscow and Islamabad is ‘foolproof’...read more

FEBRUARY 2017

IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND UNCERTAINTY POST-RAFSANJANI
Ms Anu Sharma, Research Associate, CAPS
01 February 2017:
 On January 08, 2017, Iranian politics suffered a major setback with the death of Iran’s former President, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani....read more

CHINA’S NEW COMMISSION FOR ENHANCING CIVIL-MILITARY INTEGRATION   
Dr. Temjenmeren Ao, Associate Fellow, CAPS
08 February 2017
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 The ongoing PLA reform recently witnessed the establishment of a new central commission for civilian-military development... read more

IRAQI KURDISTAN’S OIL ODYSSEY 
Divya Malhotra, Research Associate, CAPS 
13 February 2017:
 One century ago, the victorious imperial powers in World War I drew borders on sands of West Asia and the modern state of Iraq was founded... read more.

THE NEXT DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN ELECTRONICS: GRAPHENE TRANSISTORS
 Arjun Subramanian P
16 February 2017:
 A breakthrough in graphene-based transistor technology was reported in an editorial recently in the Indian Express by a team working on the technology at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore... read more

DIMENSIONS AND DYNAMICS OF FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM ON THE INTERNET 
Gp Capt A K Gupta, Senior Fellow, CAPS
16 February 2017:
 
The news coverage and consumption across the globe is in the midst of a paradigm shift in which traditional news gathering practices are giving way to extensive use of web and social media into routinized newsgathering practices...read more

POTENTIAL SECURITY GAINS OF INDIAN SPACE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT 
Gp Capt Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS
20 February 2017:
 On 15 February 2017, at 0928h Indian Standard Time (IST) ISRO carried out the launch of its PSLV C-37 mission. This rocket carried India’s Cartosat-2D, (INS)-1A and INS-1B, and 101 nano satellites...read more

TRUMP’S SANCTIONS AND THE UNMAKING OF THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL?
Ms Anu sharma, Research Associate, CAPS
22 February  2017:
 The relations between US and Iran have started moving towards a new low with the US imposing fresh batch of sanctions on Iran. These fresh sanctions have supplied Iran with a reason to re-affirm their adversarial feelings towards the US....read more

THE SECURITY OF THE INDIAN OCEAN REGION: DELIBERATING THE REGIONAL SECURITY FRAMEWORK
Ms Pooja Bhatt, Research Associate, CAPS
24 February 2017:
 The Indian Ocean faces security threats from both traditional and non-traditional sources. The region is surrounded by the most number of developing and under-developed countries, apart from few developed countries....read more

MARCH 2017

OPPORTUNISTIC SYMBIOSIS: CHINA-UKRAINE-RUSSIA SHOW THE WAY 
Wg Cdr BS Nijjar, Research Fellow, CAPS
01 March 2017:
 Modernisation of the Chinese military and their indigenisation efforts are an important part of overall target set pursued by the Chinese power centre led by President Xi Jinping as the head of recently established central commission for integrated military and civilian development...

NEW VARIANT DF-5C JOINS THE EQUATION WITH TEN MIRVs 
Arjun Subramanian P
01 March, 2017:
 The PLA Rocket Force has test fired another nuclear capable ICBM which is a new variant in the DF-5 series referred to as the DF-5C. The missile is MIRV capable and is believed to be capable of carrying 10 nuclear warheads...

OPERATION RADD-UL-FASAAD: PAKISTAN’S MILITARY RESPONSE TO TERRORISM
Dr Shalini Chawla, Senior Fellow, CAPS
02 March 2017:
 On February 22, Pakistan Army  announced the launch of a nationwide military operation - “Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad’, according to the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army’s media wing....read more

THE SURGE IN BITCOIN'S PRICE AND POPULARITY: LOOKING BEYOND THE HYPE
Gp Capt AK Gupta, Senior Fellow, CAPS
08 March 2017:
 On March 03, 2017 the price of Bitcoin  peaked at US $ 1,293, an all-time record high after rallying to new highs for four consecutive days. With gold trading at US $1,230 an ounce, this was the first time when one bitcoin had more monitory worth than one ounce of gold...

CHINA’S MILITARY BUDGET THIS FISCAL
Dr. Temjenmeren Ao, Associate Fellow, CAPS
09 March 2017
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 For the second year in a row China has increased its defence spending to below the ten percent mark.  Prior to this, increase in defence spending of China had been at or above the ten percent mark consistently for nearly two decades... read more

UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S WEI QI MOVES IN THE INDIAN OCEAN 
Dr. Puyam Rakesh Singh, Research Associate, CAPS
09 March 2017:
 Since China became a net importer of oil in 1993, strategic importance of the Indian Ocean for China has increased manifold. In this regard, China’s dependence on the Strait of Malacca– which is popularly known as China’s “Malacca Dilemma"...read more

CHINA PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR: IS IT A WIN-WIN FOR PAKISTAN?
Dr Shalini Chawla, Senior Fellow, CAPS
23 March 2017:
 Islamabad is struggling with declining FDI, investments and energy crisis and is expected to reap economic dividends from the upcoming corridor helping mitigate its current economic struggle. Although the Pakistani leadership seems to be confident of the economic and strategic benefits of the corridor,...read more

WESTMINSTER ATTACK AND THE MENACE OF THE ISLAMIC STATE
Ms Radhika Halder, Research Associate, CAPS
28 March 2017:
 As if to mark the anniversary of the Brussels terror attacks last year at Zavantem airport and Maalbeek metro station, the iconic city of London witnessed a gory terror attack. On 22nd March, 2017,...read more 

HIGH POWER MICROWAVE: CHINA’S PURSUIT OF FUTURE WEAPONS
Mr Arjun Subramanian P
28 March 2017:
 It is now known that China’s microwave weapon system is on the top priority project list. In January 2017, the microwave anti-missile project won the first prize in the National Science and Technology Progress Award....read more 

WESTINGHOUSE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY: IS THE DEAL STILL ON?
Mr. Gideon Kharmalki, Research Associate, CAPS
31 March 2017:
 In 2008, New Delhi and Washington signed the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. It received mixed responses from experts, for and against it. Yet, the deal became what has been touted as the ‘centrepiece’ in Indo-US relations, having varied strategic and diplomatic implications... read more

APRIL 2017

NATIONAL SECURITY VS. PERSONAL PRIVACY: THE ENCRYPTION CONUNDRUM
Gp Capt AK Gupta, Senior Fellow, CAPS
05 April 2017:
Given the ubiquity of digital connectivity permeating all aspects of our social, economic and professional lives, encryption is the last line of defence against cyber-crimes, cyber terrorism and against theft of valuable information....read more

LOCATING THE ROLE FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIERS IN THE INDO-PACIFIC
Ms Pooja Bhatt, Research Associate, CAPS
10 April 2017: 
The relevance of aircraft carriers has been a topic of hot debate among the strategic community lately. The aircraft carriers are the largest and most complex of all warships and bestow a great degree of prestige...read more

PRESIDENT XI’S US VISIT UPSTAGED BY A RENEWED AMERICAN WILSONIANISM
Dr Temjenmeren Ao, Associate Fellow, CAPS
12 April 2017:
 Many of the newspapers in Israel last week headlined on the US missile attack on Syria, done in retaliation to evidence that pointed towards the presence of chemical weapons on Syrian soil and its attack on its civilian population....read more

ST. PETERSBURG ATTACK – CENTRAL ASIA IN FOCUS AGAIN
Dr Poonam Mann, Research Associate, CAPS
12 April 2017:
 Confirmation from the Russian investigators and Kyrgyz Security Services that the suicide bomber responsible for the St.Petersburg metro bombing on 3rd April is a Kyrgyz national, puts the spotlight on the Central Asian region once again....read more

PERSONALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS: IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2017
Ms Anu Sharma, Research Associate, CAPS
24 April 2017:
 The political climate is again tense and unpredictable in Iran as the nation will be witnessing the 12th presidential elections which are scheduled to be held on May 19 this year. The Council of Guardians...read more

MOAB ON AFGHANISTAN: SHOCK AND AWE
Wg Cdr Anand Rao, Research Fellow, CAPS
24 April 2017:
On 13 Apr 17 at  1502 GMT, USAF dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb, the Mother of All Bombs, MOAB,in Achin district of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.  The bomb was used against caves and bunkers housing militants...read more

THE TOMAHAWK ATTACK: CONCOCTION OF POLITICAL SIGNALING, AIR DEFENCE & ECONOMICS
Wg Cdr BS Nijjar, Research Fellow, CAPS
25 April 2017:
 The attack, initiated on April 7, 2017 at 0440hrs (Syrian local time), comprised a fusillade of 59 BGM-109 Tomahawk land attack missiles (TLAMS) launched by two US Navy ‘Arleigh Burke’ class destroyers...read more

CHINA’S ATTEMPTS AT GETTING A FOOTHOLD IN THE BAY OF BENGAL 
Dr Puyam Rakesh Singh, Research Associate, CAPS
27 April 2017:
 If China has to become a major player in the Bay of Bengal, Myanmar and Bangladesh can create the playground for China. But there are other regional players involved in the games too....read more

TO THE EDGE OF SPACE ON A GUST OF AIR
Gp Capt Vivek Kapur, Senior Fellow, CAPS
29 April 2017:
  The new Perlan-II glider is pressurised and has lighter and more advanced avionics and controls on board. The Perlan-II pressurised glider flew up to an altitude of 30,615 feet AMSL...read more

MAY 2017

CLAMOUR FOR THEATRE COMMANDS IS A PEACETIME PHENOMENON
Air Marshal Vinod Patney, former Vice Chief of Air Staff and presently Director General, CAPS
08 May 2017:
 It is uncanny how so many consider Theatre Commands an inescapable necessity during peacetime but can quote no incident where, in independent India, the absence of such an organisation has impeded the prosecution of any war....read more

FACEBOOK'S FORAY INTO AUGMENTED REALITY AND BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACE: BEYOND THE HYPE AND HEADLINES
Gp Capt Ashish Gupta, Senior Fellow, CAPS
08 May 2017:
 In cyberspace, the virtual, augmented and mixed reality has already made deep inroads and has muddled the reality of its users so much, that its pursuit in unadulterated form has become a challenge....read more

INDIA’S SPACE DIPLOMACY: THE SOUTH ASIA SATELLITE
Wg Cdr Anand Rao, Research Fellow, CAPS
09 May 2017:
 Having mastered the art and science of making satellites and putting them into orbit, it was time to show the world that India can take a lead in regional cooperation. The initiative to have an exclusive communications satellite for the countries of SAARC...read more

CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR: THE FLAGSHIP OF THE BELT ROAD INITIATIVE
Dr Temjenmeren Ao, Associate Fellow, CAPS
11 May 2017:
 It is a well-established fact that China’s economic growth is dependent on an open global economic system. As China got itself integrated into the international economic regimes – ever since the initiation of economic reforms...read more

DPRK’S FAILING MISSILE TESTS: SPECULATIONS ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF CYBER WARFARE FOR MISSILE DEFENCE
Mr Arjun Subramanian P
12 May 2017:
Recent news reports speculate on the possibility of US cyber warfare efforts behind the failed North Korean ballistic missile launches....read more

EXPEDIENCY AND VIABILITY OF CYBER-ATTACKS TO THWART THE NORTH KOREAN MISSILE THREAT
Gp Capt Ashish Gupta, Senior Fellow, CAPS
12 May 2017:
 North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK) has been keeping the world on tenterhooks with repeated rhetoric about a nuclear response to any attack or intervention in its ballistic missile programme....read more

CAN CHINA CAUSE POWER OUTAGE IN INDIA: OPERATION BLACKOUT?
Wg Cdr A Shrivastava, Research Fellow, CAPS
15 May 2017:
 The Times of India had, on January 21, 2017, first reported the vulnerability of India's transmission network to hacking in an 'intelligent' environment in which machines 'talk' to each other on a common platform....read more

100 DAYS OF NUCLEAR ISSUES UNDER TRUMP PRESIDENCY
Ms Hina Pandey, Associate Fellow, CAPS
15 May 2017:
On 29th April 2017, President Trump completed 100 days of his ascendancy to the White House.  It is within these 100 days that President Trump has appointed important NSC members who are responsible for guiding the American security and foreign policy....read more

SOUTH KOREA’S NEW PRESIDENT HAS BIGGER CHALLENGES TO COUNTER
Ms Debalina Ghoshal, Research Fellow, Centre for Human Security Studies, Hyderabad
15 May 2017:
 Finally on May 10, 2017, South Korea got its President from the Democracy Party, Mr. Moon Jae-in. Of course, his responsibilities as a President would not be an easy. This is because he has become the President amid acute crisis in the Korean Peninsula....read more

WHERE’S THE MONEY HONEY? ARE INDIAN ATMS VULNERABLE TO CYBER ATTACK
Wg Cdr A Shrivastava, Research Fellow, CAPS
17 May 2017:
 India was among the countries worst affected by the ‘WannaCry’attack, as per data shared by Kaspersky, a Russian anti-virus company.According to initial calculations performed soon after the malware struck on early morning of May 12, 2017...read more

CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE FORUM: UNDERSTANDING INDIA’S POSITION 
Ms Chandra Rekha, Associate Fellow, CAPS
21 May 2017:
 India is the only major power that has abstained from participating in the BRI forum organised by China, while countries such as Russia and the US have participated. This only conveys that India is on its own in deterring China’s ambitious project...read more

ROUHANI’S SECOND TERM WIN AND THE RISING IRANIAN EXPECTATIONS
Ms Anu Sharma, Research Associate, CAPS
29 May 2017:
Iran’s state television on Saturday declared President Rouhani the winner of the country’s presidential election held on May 19, 2017, for a second term. In the latest election tallies, Hassan Rouhani garnered 23.5 million votes,or 57%...read more

THE IMPACT OF “DE-ESCALATION” ZONES IN SYRIA
Mr Ramnath Reghunadhan, Research Intern, CAPS
29 May 2017:
 The Syrian Civil War has entered its seventh year and has accounted for more than 500,000 killed, over 1 million injured and over 12 million Syrians living as refugees or Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)....read more