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.

Demystifying India's Nuclear Doctrine and Capability

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(A shorter version of this article appeared in the Bangladesh newspaper Daily Star on 02 Jul 2013)

 

The Nation, the (Smart) Power and the Glory.

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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”.

 

India's Insensitivity to SAARC Nations for Space Facilities

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India is a member of the SAARC group and so are Nepal and many other neighbouring countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka and others. One thing common to these countries is that these are all developing countries and can ill-afford to independently invest in space facilities. Their initial experimental projections fit in for leasing or sharing of space facilities. They have rightly and wisely, resorted to this option.