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MARCH 2020

Nine Years Since Fukushima: Analysing Japan’s Progress and Challenges
Ms Zoya Akhter Fathima, Research Associate, CAPS
06 March 2020:
Japan deserves credit for valiantly braving through the catastrophe. The Japanese government as well as TEPCO, have been transparent in owning up to their lapses, and have been working seriously towards making amends....Read more

Why Does Japan Need Nuclear Energy?
Ms Zoya Akhter Fathima, Research Associate, CAPS
23 March 2020:
 March 11th this year marked 9 years of the unfortunate Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japan has been able to successfully rebuild and reconstruct most of the damage caused by the earthquake and the tsunami and the clean-up programme of the Fukushima nuclear disaster also appears to be fairly effective....Read more

The Maiden Test of Pakistan’s Ra’ad II Cruise Missile: An Overview
Ms Nasima Khatoon, Research Associate, CAPS
24 March 2020:
 Recently on 18 February 2020, Pakistan conducted the maiden test launch of its Ra’ad II nuclear capable air launched cruise missile (ALCM). The Ra’ad-II was displayed for the first-time in 2017 Pakistan Army military parade....Read more

Leveraging India’s Nuclear Energy Power: Taking Lessons from France
Ms Sanjana Gogna, Research Associate, CAPS
31 March 2020:
 The use of ‘energy power’ derived from nuclear energy can be a potent tool to promote India’s interests and strengthen its position; The experience of France is a viable example to gain lessons from....Read more

APRIL 2020

Ms Sreoshi Sinha, Research Associate, CAPS
03 April 2020:
 The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) marked its 50th anniversary from its entry into force on 5th March 2020. The treaty is viewed as the foundation of the global endeavours towards exploitation of peaceful use of nuclear energy, non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons....Read more

Has Iran mismanaged its Corona crisis?
Ms Anu Sharma, Associate Fellow, CAPS
16 April 2020:
 The undermining of the Corona pandemic has made Iran the worst hit country in the West Asian region reeling from this unprecedented public health crisis. The majority of nations around the world are struggling...Read more

Wg Cdr BS Nijjar, Research Fellow, CAPS
23 April 2020:
 As the Covid-19 pandemic spread in different countries, images of multi-rotor UAS undertaking spraying operations also started filling the news space....Read more

The COVID 19 Pandemic and its Global Economic Implications
Ms Urmi Tat, Research Associate, CAPS
25 April 2020:
The recent manoeuvres by the Indian government to caution markets from opportunistic Chinese investors, is one among the many measures taken by governments worldwide, to take control of the post pandemic economic outlook....Read more

COVID-19 and India’s Response at the Global level
Ms. Sushmita Bharti, Research Associate, CAPS
29 April 2020:
While it is difficult to ascertain which country has emerged as a global leader during COVID-19, India has certainly earned adulation from other countries and international organisations like the WHO and the IMF for its efficient and timely management and active efforts at the regional and global levels to combat the pandemic....Read more

Ms Ishka Yadav, Research Associate, CAPS
30 April 2020:
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan in December 2019 drew attention to the weaknesses of China as the paramount global producer....Read more

Understanding the interests of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in India 
Mr Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
30 April 2020:
Recently, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) have increased their focus on India and the wider Indian Subcontinent as a whole, on account of different underlying factors....Read more

JUNE 2020

Nuclear Energy and the Future of Warfare
Ms Zoya Akther Fathima, Research Asociate, CAPS
04 June 2020:
 It would not be an overstatement to say that nuclear energy could potentially revolutionize military logistics in the coming decades.  As it already appears, military investment in energy technologies and innovations is likely to grow considering the efficacy and versatility of nuclear energy....Read more

The CTBT and the Possible U.S., China Nuclear Testing 
Ms Sanjana Gogna, Research Associate, CAPS
15 June 2020:
The U.S. Department of State report titled '2020 Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Non-proliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments' was released on 15 April 2020. It raised concerns regarding China's adherence to the ‘zero yield’ standard....Read more

Wg Cdr BS Nijar, Research Fellow, CAPS
20 JUne 2020:
 The PM’s call for “Atmanirbhar Bharat” is the new mantra to achieve self-reliance, with the insistent need for Indian industry to position itself as a significant contributor to global supply chains....Read more

Russia’s Role in India-China Issues: Subtle and Nuanced
Mr Carl Jaison, Research Associate, CAPS
26 June 2020:
 In the backdrop of the worst clashes between the two Asian countries, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar interacted with his counterparts Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as part of the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral virtual meet....Read more

JULY 2020

Private Participation in Space Activities: Looking Back to Look Ahead
Prof (Dr) G S Sachdeva, Distinguished Fellow, CAPS
14 July 2020:
 Lately, many countries have expressed interest in participation of private enterprise in independent, stand-alone space activities. India is also one of these. ...Read more

The Afghan Peace Process and India’s Concerns
Mr. Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
16 July 2020:
There has been increased speculation since the signing of U.S.-Taliban agreement on 29 February 2020 as to whether the Taliban will break ties with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups to adhere to the terms of the deal....Read more

China-Iran Relations and China’s Growing Presence in the West Asia
Mr. Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
20 July 2020:
 Over the past decade, under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has increased its economic, political, and to a lesser extent its security footprint in the West Asia. The BRI has not only acted as a catalyst allowing China to increase its presence in the region but also for the individual countries to use China as a means to develop and diversify their economies....Read more

Assessing France's Success in Anti-Terror Operations in Africa 
Ms.Arushi Singh, Research Intern, CAPS
21 July 2020:
 On June  30, 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to attend the G5 Sahel Summit, spoke about the desire to “Europeanize the fight against terrorism in the Sahel”, as he handed over the lead of counterterrorism operations in the Sahel to the European Union....Read more


Deciphering Chinese views on the liberal world order
Ms Rushali Saha, Research Associate, CAPS
02 November 2020:
 A dominant theme in the contemporary discourse on International Relations has surrounded the theme of the future of the liberal world order. While some scholars have already hailed its demise,  others believe that it continues to survive....Read more

‘Filling the Vacuum’: An Aspect of China’s Foreign Policy 
Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
08 November 2020:
Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Iran, are examples where China has overlooked violations of human rights and international law to further Beijing’s geopolitical aims....Read more

Demystifying India's Approach to QUAD
Ms Rushali Saha, Research Associate, CAPS
09 November 2020:
Two important developments took place recently indicating the deepening of ties and evolving trust among the four democracies in the Indo-Pacific region in the face of common regional security challenges....Read more

Double Whammy of COVID-19 and Sanctions Hitting Hard on Iran
Ms Anu Sharma, Associate Fellow, CAPS
13 November 2020:
 In October 2020, US imposed another set of sanctions on various Iranian financial institutions and banking channels following its “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran. This has proved to be a double whammy for Iran which is also reeling under the drastic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic....Read more

INDIA’S FORTHCOMING NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY STRATEGY: Analysing the Past to Predict the Expected Outcome
Dr.E.Dilipraj, Research Fellow, CAPS
19 November 2020:
 During his speech, on India’s 74th Independence Day on August 15, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced from the ramparts of the Red Fort that the country would soon release its National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS). While the cyber community of the country were already aware about the drafting of the strategy document, such an announcement from the PM during his national address has put the document in limelight...Read more

The Islamic State Khorasan Province: A High-Stakes Political Blame-Game? 
Mr. Saurav Sarkar, Research Associate, CAPS
25 November, 2020:
The existing political tussle between the Afghan government and the Taliban benefits ISKP and presents it with more opportunities to conduct attacks and strengthen its position....Read more


Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist: Complications for Biden Administration’s Options on JCPOA
Dr. Hina Pandey, Associate Fellow, CAPS
02 December 2020:
Since December 2019, Iran has often conveyed its intention to reverse its commitments under the JCPOA in response to the US abandoning the JCPOA. The upcoming Biden Administration has once again renewed the promise of constructively engaging Iran on the nuclear deal......Read more

Nuclear Power in Japan's New Goals to Combat Climate Change
Ms. Zoya Akhter, Research Associate, CAPS
07 December 2020:
Having once been the third largest user of nuclear power in the world, the Fukushima accident in 2011 saw a major decline in Japan's civil nuclear programme. The accident resulted in the country shutting down all its nuclear reactors until more stringent safety clearances were authorised....Read more

Deepening India-U.S. Partnership: Implications for South Asia
Ms. Rushali Saha, Research Associate, CAPS
10 December 2020:
The positive upswing in India-U.S. relations has paralleled a steep downfall in India-China relations—reaching its nadir following Beijing’s unprovoked aggression in Ladakh.  United States has come out vocally in support of India against China....Read more

Reviving the Trilateral: Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives
Mr. Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury, Research Associate, CAPS
14 December 2020:
The revival of this trilateral comes at a pertinent time of increasing activity in the Indian Ocean and signals New Delhi’s proactive approach to strengthen cooperation with its partners and ensure peace and stability in the region...Read more

Effect of COVID-19 on Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Digital Spaces
Dr. Kriti Singh, Assistant Professor, Sharda University
18 December 2020:
A major threat to the well-being of populations worldwide has been created by COVID-19 deadly virus in the form of the rise of online violent extremism, which escalated during lockdowns. It is evident that the terrorist and extremist groups are taking advantage of this global pandemic to destabilise the political structures and peace and harmony in society...Read more 

China’s growing Military-Civilian Synergy in the Indian Ocean Region
Mr. Rohan Khattar Singh, Research Associate, CAPS
24 December 2020:
 China has begun utilizing its merchant and fishing ships for its strategic objectives. The rising military-civil synergy has allowed Chinese civil vessels to dock at various MSR docks and ports while undertaking economic activities of fishing and transportation of resources. Chinese fishing trawlers have rammed and sunk Vietnamese, Philippine, Indonesian and Japanese ships, creating serious concern for the IOR littorals with small or non-existent navies...Read more