Strategic Technologies Centre

Relevance of Montreal Protocol in the Contemporary Debates on the Use of Refrigerants

July-December 2013

The Montreal Protocol has been regarded as the most of effective international treaty mechanism of all time and it has been successful in handling the question of ozone depletion with the help of mechanisms like Multilateral Fund.

Chemical and Biological Weapons in Egypt and Libya

July-December 2013

Egypt has for long possessed chemical weapons (CW) and biological weapons (BW), and was unable to make much progress in the nuclear weapons (NW) domain, at least as yet, Qaddafi's Libya on the other hand produced CW, developed BW, neared nuclear capacity as well, eventually, but shifted to total deproliferation in due course.

Challenge Inspection Regime of the CWC: Salient Features*

July-December 2013

The most significant aspect of the CWC is the provision for a Challenge Inspection (CI) mechanism, to address any possible concerns of any member state regarding the possible non-compliance to the provisions of the CWC by any other member state.

Urenco is up for sale, is India interested?

November 13, 2013

If Chinese companies eventually end up bidding for Urenco, there is no reason why Indian companies should not do so. India can form a joint-venture with counterparts in Brazil, South Africa and, if needed, China (even Russia) using common interests envisioned through forums like the IBSA or BRICS to enter this race.

Space Awareness: A Need for a Multilateral Mechanism

September 2013

This article discusses the utility and limitations of existing space surveillance networks to address the issue of spaceflight safety and proposes a way forward.

National Cyber Security Policy 2013: An Assessment

August 26, 2013

The public-private partnership and emphasis on research and development are the key features of the document calling for collaborative engagements and operational cooperation with industry and academia.

Locked in LOC: Exploring Cyber Offensive Option for India

August 20, 2013

India’s niche military and intelligence technologies in the field of cyber, space, robotics and jamming can have potential deterrence value and a ‘war minus’ option against Pakistan.

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: How Safe is Safe Enough?

August 2, 2013

The Koondankulam plant has finally attained criticality but doubts will continue to be raised about the safety of the reactors. What do nuclear risk assessment methods tell us about the possibility of future accidents at KKNPP?

India Enters New Era of Space Navigation

July 8, 2013

One of the biggest advantages of the navigational satellite, once the system gets fully operational, is to reduce the dependency on the GPS. This would make India largely self-sufficient in the navigational field.

Cyber Security Dilemma

June 18, 2013

Any cyber architecture can be viewed as a doubled edged sword – either ignore it and be exposed or use it to one’s advantage. Cyber espionage is here to stay.