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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.

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.

India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

April 28, 2016
India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

It is time India devised a cohesive national policy to guard its interests in space and effectively address existing and emerging challenges.

Outer space comes closer to a regime

May 20, 2013

The Group of Government Experts need to take into consideration complex and inter-related concerns of space activities before formulating the Transparency and Confidence Building Measures. The need is to have an effective mechanism and not an accommodative one.

China’s ‘String of pearls’ in Space

March 21, 2013

A ‘pearl’ could be viewed as a sphere of influence seeded, secured and maintained through the use of economic, geopolitical, diplomatic or military means. The ‘string of pearls’ is about China’s unambiguous maritime strategy that investments in increasing its sea power. This is essentially a multi-pronged strategy that challenges dominant US interests in the Indian Ocean and sends a clear message to India that the Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean by increasing the dependence of the littoral states in the region on China.

Space Sustainability: Consent to Security Insurance

September 2012

On 6 June 2012 the European Union (EU) launched a multilateral diplomatic process to discuss and negotiate an International Code of Conduct (CoC) for outer space. This CoC is designed as a complementary mechanism for the existing framework and for ensuring the security, safety and sustainability of all outer space activities. Space sustainability is about ensuring that outer space is used for the advancement of society and providing society with the various benefits of space technologies.

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.

Arvind Gupta, Amitav Mallik and Ajey Lele (eds), Space Security: Need for Global Convergence

The book, Space Security: Need for Global Convergence, is about organizing the commons of Outer Space. The international legal framework for Outer Space, which has been in place for the last four decades, has, time and again, affirmed that Space must be used for peaceful purposes.