Technological Advances made in Space Arena and their Implications on the Geopolitics of Southern AsiaSubmitted by stsf on Thu, 12/26/2013 - 18:42
The civil war in Syria between the forces of President Bashar al Assad and opposition rebel groups has been ongoing since the past two and a half years. The deadlock within Syria has been reinforced by the impasse within the international community on the resolution of the issue. The US and its partners in West Asia and Europe have been supporting the rebels at different levels ranging from financial to lethal as well as non-lethal arms aid.
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With second successful test of Agni-V in a row on September 14, 2013, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Avinash Chander, asserted that, "The country has established ICMB capability with the successful second test". After a series of technical difficulties and considerable delays in Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP), successfully test of Agni-5 is a milestone in India’s missile development program.
One of the less discussed and debated issue encompassing the field of conflict, security and diplomacy has suddenly come to the forefront of global strategic discourse due to the ongoing conflict in Syria and that is the issue of Chemical Weapons. Realizing that the Chemical Weapons could be used in Syria in the ongoing conflict, few months back the United States (US) had threatened to launch a military attack against Syria for crossing the so called ‘red line’ if such usage takes place. This was notified by the US President Barack Obama who on April 30, 2013.
(A shorter version of this article appeared in the Bangladesh newspaper Daily Star on 02 Jul 2013)
Ram Nath Kao, who founded the Research and Analysis Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat passed away in 2002. On the fifth anniversary of his death in January 2007, Shashi Tharoor, then Under Secretary General of the United Nations, delivered the first Kao Memorial Lecture at the R&AW Headquarters. The talk, which the present Minister of State for Human Resources Development delivered with his customary elan, was on the subject, “Global Security and India - Leveraging Soft Power”.