Science & Technology in Our Foreign Policy

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In a speech on 25 December to the 2012 and 2013 batches of our Foreign Service, the National Security Advisor (NSA), Shri Shivshankar Menon remarked: 'Life would be far too easy if we only had to deal with ourselves'. He added:

China's Jade Rabbit: A Great Leap and A Wake-up Call

The successful landing of the Chang’E-3 spacecraft on the Moon and the rollout of its rover has added a significant milestone to the trajectory of China’s space programme. With this, China became the third country to conduct a soft landing on the Moon, after the USA and Russia. The landing comes after a gap of 37 years, as the last such feat was accomplished in 1976 by the Soviet Union. In addition, this is the first major space achievement of China under the administration of the new leadership led by President Xi Jinping.

Is Assad winning the Syrian Civil War?

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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Assistant Editor (S & T): Ms. Dhanasree Jayaram

 

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Editor in Chief : Prof. M. D. Nalapat

 

Managing Editor : Dr. H. Vinod Bhat

 

MIRV: India's technological solution for minimum nuclear deterrence

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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"[1]. 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.

Syria and the Politics of Chemical Weapons

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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.