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IRAN’S SPACE PROGRAMME: BACK FROM DORMANCY
Wg Cdr T H Anand Rao, Research Fellow, CAPS
18 August 2017:
Iran inaugurated its new Imam Khomeini National Space Center on July 27, 2017 by successfully launching its two-stage ‘Simorgh’ rocket into space. Though Iranian state television showed...read more

CHANGING GEOPOLITICAL DYNAMICS AND MALABAR EXERCISE
Mr Piyush Ghasiya, Research Associate, CAPS
16 August 2017: 
The Naval forces of India, Japan and U.S. recently concluded the 21st edition of their annual drills known as Malabar Exercise from 10th to 17th July 2017. The aim of the exercise is to achieve better military understanding and interoperability...read more

INDIA AND KAZAKHSTAN: NURTURING THE RELATIONSHIP
Dr Poonam Mann, Associate Fellow, CAPS
14 August 2017:
Joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a full member is an important move on India’s part to get connected with Central Asian republics (CARs)....Read more

PAKISTAN’S USE OF FAKE NEWS ON INDO-CHINA STANDOFF: A NEW LOW
Ms Kriti Singh, Non-Resident Associate Fellow, CAPS   
03 August 2017:
The Indo-China standoff in Doklam has been in the news media, both print as well online. However, in the midst of narratives and counter narratives from the Indian as well Chinese media, one very disturbing side of fake news was witnessed...read more

BAN THE BOMB : DRAWING ATTENTION TO EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 
Wg Cdr Rohit Kaura, Research Fellow, CAPS
31 July 2017:
A Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons also known as “Ban the Bomb Treaty” was passed at the United Nations on July 07, 2017. It opens for signatures on September 20, 2017...Read more

CHINA TO BUILD A STRONGER NAVY
Dr. Puyam Rakesh Singh, Associate Fellow, CAPs
31 July 2017:
 A strong military for a strong country is the mantra in China under President Xi Jinping. Thus China is working towards building a powerful navy as part of its military modernisation and reform....Read more

IRAN OPENS UP: NEW GOALS, NEW DEALS
Ms Priyanka Prakash, Research Intern, CAPS
28 July 2017:
Iran’s abundance of vast energy reserves which serves as the backbone of its economy, is highly unexplored and unexploited compared to its Arab neighbours. Iran is in dire need of foreign funding and technical expertise...Read more

CHINA’S VISION DOCUMENT FOR ‘MARITIME COOPERATION UNDER THE BRI’: WHAT IS IT?
Ms Pooja Bhatt, Research Associate, CAPS
27 July 2017:
To endorse joint actions and synchronised development plans with the ‘States of the Maritime Silk Road’, the two state agencies of People’s Republic of China, namely National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and State Oceanic Administration (SOA) released the document on 20 June 2017.... Read More

SKI-JUMP LIMITATIONS AND PLAN’s SOLUTIONS
Arjun Subramanian P 
25 July 2017:
Reports on Chinese naval aviation have been in the news lately and Chinese media is abuzz with photographs of the J-15 fighters operating from the PLAN’s first carrier – the Liaoning....read more 

PAKISTAN ATTEMPTS TO FORAY INTO5TH-GENERATION FIGHTER MANUFACTURING: LOOKING BEYOND RHETORIC AND AT REALITY
Gp Capt Ashish Gupta, Senior Fellow, CAPS
15 July 2017:
In an ambitious attempt to achieve a larger measure of self-reliance in the field of aviation industry, Pakistan has decided to amalgamate academia for R&D with aviation industry.... Read more

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXIT FROM PARIS AGREEMENT AND US-INDIA RELATIONS
Ms Ishka Yadav, Research Intern, CAPS
13 July 2017:
Climate Change is real and it’s affecting our planet, but is climate change really affecting the Climate diplomacy? The American withdrawal from the Paris Agreement by President Trump, however, indicates otherwise....Read more

FADING AWAY OF SOUTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR ENERGY?
Mr Santanu Bhattacharya, Research Intern, CAPS
05 July 2017:
On 19 June 2017, South Korea’s newly elected President; Moon Jae-in announced shutting down its oldest nuclear power plant Kori-1....read more

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