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MARCH 2020

Nine Years Since Fukushima: Analysing Japan’s Progress and Challenges
Ms Zoya Akhter Fathima, Research Associate, CAPS
06 March 2020:
Japan deserves credit for valiantly braving through the catastrophe. The Japanese government as well as TEPCO, have been transparent in owning up to their lapses, and have been working seriously towards making amends....Read more

Why Does Japan Need Nuclear Energy?
Ms Zoya Akhter Fathima, Research Associate, CAPS
23 March 2020:
 March 11th this year marked 9 years of the unfortunate Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japan has been able to successfully rebuild and reconstruct most of the damage caused by the earthquake and the tsunami and the clean-up programme of the Fukushima nuclear disaster also appears to be fairly effective....Read more

The Maiden Test of Pakistan’s Ra’ad II Cruise Missile: An Overview
Ms Nasima Khatoon, Research Associate, CAPS
24 March 2020:
 Recently on 18 February 2020, Pakistan conducted the maiden test launch of its Ra’ad II nuclear capable air launched cruise missile (ALCM). The Ra’ad-II was displayed for the first-time in 2017 Pakistan Army military parade....Read more

Leveraging India’s Nuclear Energy Power: Taking Lessons from France
Ms Sanjana Gogna, Research Associate, CAPS
31 March 2020:
 The use of ‘energy power’ derived from nuclear energy can be a potent tool to promote India’s interests and strengthen its position; The experience of France is a viable example to gain lessons from....Read more

APRIL 2020

RESCHEDULING OF 2020 NPT REVCON AT A NEW VENUE: WILL IT CHANGE THE PROSPECTS OF THE REVCON TOO?  
Ms Sreoshi Sinha, Research Associate, CAPS
03 April 2020:
 The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) marked its 50th anniversary from its entry into force on 5th March 2020. The treaty is viewed as the foundation of the global endeavours towards exploitation of peaceful use of nuclear energy, non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons....Read more

Has Iran mismanaged its Corona crisis?
Ms Anu Sharma, Associate Fellow, CAPS
16 April 2020:
 The undermining of the Corona pandemic has made Iran the worst hit country in the West Asian region reeling from this unprecedented public health crisis. The majority of nations around the world are struggling...Read more

CAN “vUAVs”    HAVE A REDEEMING ROLE IN COMBATING THE “B” CBRN THREATS?
Wg Cdr BS Nijjar, Research Fellow, CAPS
23 April 2020:
 As the Covid-19 pandemic spread in different countries, images of multi-rotor UAS undertaking spraying operations also started filling the news space....Read more

The COVID 19 Pandemic and its Global Economic Implications
Ms Urmi Tat, Research Associate, CAPS
25 April 2020:
The recent manoeuvres by the Indian government to caution markets from opportunistic Chinese investors, is one among the many measures taken by governments worldwide, to take control of the post pandemic economic outlook....Read more

COVID-19 and India’s Response at the Global level
Ms. Sushmita Bharti, Research Associate, CAPS
29 April 2020:
While it is difficult to ascertain which country has emerged as a global leader during COVID-19, India has certainly earned adulation from other countries and international organisations like the WHO and the IMF for its efficient and timely management and active efforts at the regional and global levels to combat the pandemic....Read more

CORONAVIRUS UNCOVERS THE RELIANCE OF GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS ON CHINA 
Ms Ishka Yadav, Research Associate, CAPS
30 April 2020:
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan in December 2019 drew attention to the weaknesses of China as the paramount global producer....Read more

Understanding the interests of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in India 
Mr Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
30 April 2020:
Recently, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) have increased their focus on India and the wider Indian Subcontinent as a whole, on account of different underlying factors....Read more

JUNE 2020

Nuclear Energy and the Future of Warfare
Ms Zoya Akther Fathima, Research Asociate, CAPS
04 June 2020:
 It would not be an overstatement to say that nuclear energy could potentially revolutionize military logistics in the coming decades.  As it already appears, military investment in energy technologies and innovations is likely to grow considering the efficacy and versatility of nuclear energy....Read more

The CTBT and the Possible U.S., China Nuclear Testing 
Ms Sanjana Gogna, Research Associate, CAPS
15 June 2020:
The U.S. Department of State report titled '2020 Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Non-proliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments' was released on 15 April 2020. It raised concerns regarding China's adherence to the ‘zero yield’ standard....Read more

THE  “ATMANIRBHAR” CLARION CALL & THE “MEHAR BABA COMPETITION” FOLLOW THROUGH
Wg Cdr BS Nijar, Research Fellow, CAPS
20 JUne 2020:
 The PM’s call for “Atmanirbhar Bharat” is the new mantra to achieve self-reliance, with the insistent need for Indian industry to position itself as a significant contributor to global supply chains....Read more

Russia’s Role in India-China Issues: Subtle and Nuanced
Mr Carl Jaison, Research Associate, CAPS
26 June 2020:
 In the backdrop of the worst clashes between the two Asian countries, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar interacted with his counterparts Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as part of the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral virtual meet....Read more

JULY 2020

Private Participation in Space Activities: Looking Back to Look Ahead
Prof (Dr) G S Sachdeva, Distinguished Fellow, CAPS
14 July 2020:
 Lately, many countries have expressed interest in participation of private enterprise in independent, stand-alone space activities. India is also one of these. ...Read more

The Afghan Peace Process and India’s Concerns
Mr. Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
16 July 2020:
There has been increased speculation since the signing of U.S.-Taliban agreement on 29 February 2020 as to whether the Taliban will break ties with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups to adhere to the terms of the deal....Read more

China-Iran Relations and China’s Growing Presence in the West Asia
Mr. Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
20 July 2020:
 Over the past decade, under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has increased its economic, political, and to a lesser extent its security footprint in the West Asia. The BRI has not only acted as a catalyst allowing China to increase its presence in the region but also for the individual countries to use China as a means to develop and diversify their economies....Read more

Assessing France's Success in Anti-Terror Operations in Africa 
Ms.Arushi Singh, Research Intern, CAPS
21 July 2020:
 On June  30, 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to attend the G5 Sahel Summit, spoke about the desire to “Europeanize the fight against terrorism in the Sahel”, as he handed over the lead of counterterrorism operations in the Sahel to the European Union....Read more