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Ajey Lele

Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Conflict

July 30, 2012

It is expected that the Syrian inventory could contain several thousand aerial bombs filled mostly with the chemical agent Sarin, and between 50 and 100 ballistic missile warheads.

Challenging China’s Rare Earth Monopoly

July 19, 2012

Over the last few years, realizing the dangers of Chinese monopoly, countries like India, Japan and Vietnam have started collaborating in Rare Earth Elements, while North America countries are planning to increase investments in this sector.

Should India Conduct an ASAT Test Now?

July 11, 2012

A decision to conduct an ASAT test has to be a nuanced one considering the strategic advantages such a test could offer and the diplomatic elbow room that it would give during negotiations on a space arms control mechanism.

Deliberating the Space Code of Conduct

June 29, 2012

Ajey Lele argues that, in its present avatar, the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities is not capable of realizing its stated aim fully because it lacks an accountability mechanism.

Space Code of Conduct: Inadequate Mechanism

June 18, 2012

The EU’s Code of Conduct has been advertised as a mechanism to preserve the sustainability and security of space, but it is difficult to comprehend how a non-binding and voluntary mechanism could help achieve this.

Panetta’s Prescription for New Directions in US-India Defence Relations: Cyber and Space Security

June 08, 2012

There is an ongoing global competition to gain dominance in the space and cyber domains; while going it alone might be the best policy, collaboration with clearly laid out guidelines and end-goals is not without its benefits.

India Launches Radar Satellite

April 27, 2012

ISRO has done its job and now the onus lies on other agencies to make appropriate and timely use of the inputs that will be provided by RISAT-1.

North Korea’s Rocket Fails

April 16, 2012

Without getting into any a debate about whether the satellite launch was actually a missile test or not, the US should make an offer to help North Korea launch a satellite in order to foster sustained engagement with Pyongyang

China's White Papers on Space: An Analysis

January 20, 2012

China's space programme is not only an attempt to demonstrate technological or military superiority, but is aimed at achieving great power status.

China’s 2011 White Paper on Space: An Indian Perspective

January 12, 2012

Instead of decrying the edge China has achieved over India, it is important to critically evaluate the actual benefits that accrue from manned space flights and the Space Station.

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