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Fifty Years of the Outer Space Treaty: Tracing the Journey

2017

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-948-1

Price: Rs. 995

Developments in the outer space arena post the erstwhile USSR launching the first man-made satellite Sputnik in space on 4 October 1957 have transformed the world significantly. In order to ensure the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was set up by the United Nations General Assembly in 1959.

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North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs

March 06, 2017

North Korea has blatantly breached the chemical weapons ‘red line’ in the killing of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.

Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

February 09, 2017
Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

In view of China’s adverse reaction to India’s missile testing, this year’s Republic Day parade could have been used for strategic signalling to arrogant entities questioning India’s ‘strategic autonomy’. Nuclear deterrence is also about demonstration and display of capabilities. If you have it, then flaunt it!

Outer Space Treaty: 50 years later

January 27, 2017

There is a need to rework the Outer Space Treaty and contemporize it to deal more directly with issues of the current era.

Destination India for Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017

January 16, 2017

The 2017 Conference also comes at a time when the existing international discourses on securing cyberspace, whether it be the UNGGE process or the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), seem to be unable to cope with the accelerated developments in cyberspace.

China’s 2016 Space White Paper: An Appraisal

January 06, 2017

While the December 2016 White Paper sheds enough light on China’s growing ambitions in the space sector, it at the same time only reveals what China wants the rest of the world to know.

Role of Earth Observation Satellites in Counter-Infiltration

December 30, 2016

It is highly recommended that a range of nano and pico satellites be manufactured and their employment integrated with the border management system.

China’s First Cyber Security Law

December 23, 2016

China has justified the passage of the new law as an ‘objective need’ for national security considering its large cyber infrastructure and its vulnerabilities.

The Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention

January-March 2016

The recent BWC Review Conference faced various challenges emanating from a range of developments that took place during the last five years, alongside with lingering issues already existing for a long period of time. The related contents and interfaces are here presented and assessed briefly.

Progress with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Insights from four regional workshops held in 2016

July-December 2016

As countries were preparing for the 8th Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) in November 2016, the BTWC Implementation Support Unit organised four regional workshops, including one in New Delhi, as part of a European Union-sponsored programme supporting the convention. While the BTWC has seen little progress in terms of new legally binding commitments, verification or setting up an international implementation organisation, the workshops revealed that on the regional and local levels states parties are active in ensuring that the treaty commitments are being respected. This account discusses the main trends in treaty development and issues states parties face that emerged during the workshops.

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