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NORTH KOREAN SPACE VENTURES: A THREAT TO THE US 
Wg Cdr T H Anand Rao, Research Fellow, CAPS
12 September 2017:
It is feared that North Korea is working  towards launching  a nuke-carrying satellite into space which can be detonated over the US at a time of choosing.The resulting blast would cause...Read more

CHINA’S ASAT PROGRAMME: SHOOTING BEYOND LEO
Mr Arjun Subramanian P
29 August 2017:
China is reported to have tested its anti-satellite weapon once again and it is the 3rd test with the DN-3 launcher. It last carried out a successful test in December 2016....read more

WHY TURKISH T-129 IS THE PREFERRED CHOICE OVER CHINESE WZ-10 FOR PAKISTAN ATTACK HELICOPTER PROGRAMME
Wg Cdr BS Nijjar, Research Fellow, CAPS
28 August 2017:
Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (AAC) operates the entire attack helicopter fleet and is presently composed mainly of the American supplied AH-1F/S Cobra helicopters and an induction of its upgraded version AH-1Z Viper...read more

US OIL SANCTIONS AGAINST VENEZUELA: POSSIBLE EFFECTS
Mr Siddharth Malhotra, Research intern, CAPS
21 August 2017:
On the 1st of August 2017, the United States imposed sanctions against the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and his administration in response to the increasingly authoritarian executive that is helping the President and his socialist party...read more

IRAN’S SPACE PROGRAMME: BACK FROM DORMANCY
Wg Cdr T H Anand Rao, Research Fellow, CAPS
18 August 2017:
Iran inaugurated its new Imam Khomeini National Space Center on July 27, 2017 by successfully launching its two-stage ‘Simorgh’ rocket into space. Though Iranian state television showed...read more

CHANGING GEOPOLITICAL DYNAMICS AND MALABAR EXERCISE
Mr Piyush Ghasiya, Research Associate, CAPS
16 August 2017: 
The Naval forces of India, Japan and U.S. recently concluded the 21st edition of their annual drills known as Malabar Exercise from 10th to 17th July 2017. The aim of the exercise is to achieve better military understanding and interoperability...read more

INDIA AND KAZAKHSTAN: NURTURING THE RELATIONSHIP
Dr Poonam Mann, Associate Fellow, CAPS
14 August 2017:
Joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a full member is an important move on India’s part to get connected with Central Asian republics (CARs)....Read more

PAKISTAN’S USE OF FAKE NEWS ON INDO-CHINA STANDOFF: A NEW LOW
Ms Kriti Singh, Non-Resident Associate Fellow, CAPS   
03 August 2017:
The Indo-China standoff in Doklam has been in the news media, both print as well online. However, in the midst of narratives and counter narratives from the Indian as well Chinese media, one very disturbing side of fake news was witnessed...read more

BAN THE BOMB : DRAWING ATTENTION TO EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 
Wg Cdr Rohit Kaura, Research Fellow, CAPS
31 July 2017:
A Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons also known as “Ban the Bomb Treaty” was passed at the United Nations on July 07, 2017. It opens for signatures on September 20, 2017...Read more

CHINA TO BUILD A STRONGER NAVY
Dr. Puyam Rakesh Singh, Associate Fellow, CAPs
31 July 2017:
 A strong military for a strong country is the mantra in China under President Xi Jinping. Thus China is working towards building a powerful navy as part of its military modernisation and reform....Read more

IRAN OPENS UP: NEW GOALS, NEW DEALS
Ms Priyanka Prakash, Research Intern, CAPS
28 July 2017:
Iran’s abundance of vast energy reserves which serves as the backbone of its economy, is highly unexplored and unexploited compared to its Arab neighbours. Iran is in dire need of foreign funding and technical expertise...Read more

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