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Realising the potential of Amateur Astronomers for enhancing India’s Space Situational Awareness
Ms Mrunalini Deshpande, Research Associate, CAPS
07 February 2020:
Rapid advances in space technology have led to a considerable decrease in the cost of accessing space. This has paved the way for a number of private players to enter the space arena besides the growing number of countries....Read more

WUHAN VIRUS SIMILAR TO SARS
Ms Ishka Yadav, Research Associate, CAPS
25 January 2020:
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 20, 2020, that it would be holding an expert panel to decide whether the fast-spreading epidemic spawned by a new virus in China should be announced a global health emergency....Read more

India and RCEP: India’s Recalcitrance and The Way Ahead
Ms Urmi Tat, Research Associate, CAPS
11 Dec 2019:
India’s withdrawal from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at the Bangkok Summit recently, citing harm to domestic and national interest, has sprouted spirited debate....Read more

Will the Islamic State’s ideology outlive al-Baghdadi in Afghanistan?
Mr Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
06 December 2019:
The killing of Osama bin Laden did not cease al-Qaeda’s activities, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death (founder of al-Qaeda in Iraq, precursor to IS) did not prevent the rise of IS and al-Baghdadi’s death is unlikely to restrict the influence of IS in South-Central Asia....Read more

FORGET ABOUT THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, MEKONG RIVER DELTA IS THE REAL (WATER) CONFLICT
Ms Ishka Yadav, Research Associate, CAPS
13 November 2019:
For years, the South China Sea territorial issue has influenced Southeast Asia’s security strategy. The extremity of disputes over key sea lines transporting up to one-third of world trade, costing US$5 trillion yearly, has made bitter connections between Southeast Asian claimant countries and China....Read more

China Fields New Nuclear Arsenals 
Ms Sanjana Gogna, Research Associate, CAPS
15 October 2019:
The 70th-anniversary parade of the People's Republic of China held on October 1 reveals China's current nuclear thinking and threat perception. The nuclear weapons debuted during the parade, namely the DF-41 and the JL-2...Read more

U.S. Presidential Elections 2020: How Can the U.S. Do Business with Russia Differently?
Mr. Carl Jaison, Research Associate, CAPS
14 October 2019:
American foreign policy towards Russia has consistently featured as a priority issue during every pre-election season, and it would once again be of particular interest in the run-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election....Read more

MISSION CHANDRAYAAN2: FAILURES TEACH WHAT SUCCESS CANNOT
Dr G S Sachdeva, Distinguished Fellow, CAPS 
08 October 2019:
Euphoria over the launch of Chandrayaan 2, so hyped by the media on ISRO briefings and the implicitly assumed success of the mission, has died down by now....Read more

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