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Ajey Lele

Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.

Fifty Years of the Outer Space Treaty: Tracing the Journey


Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-948-1

Price: Rs. 995

Developments in the outer space arena post the erstwhile USSR launching the first man-made satellite Sputnik in space on 4 October 1957 have transformed the world significantly. In order to ensure the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was set up by the United Nations General Assembly in 1959.

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North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs

March 06, 2017

North Korea has blatantly breached the chemical weapons ‘red line’ in the killing of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.

Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

February 09, 2017
Agni-V and Strategic Signalling

In view of China’s adverse reaction to India’s missile testing, this year’s Republic Day parade could have been used for strategic signalling to arrogant entities questioning India’s ‘strategic autonomy’. Nuclear deterrence is also about demonstration and display of capabilities. If you have it, then flaunt it!

China’s 2016 Space White Paper: An Appraisal

January 06, 2017

While the December 2016 White Paper sheds enough light on China’s growing ambitions in the space sector, it at the same time only reveals what China wants the rest of the world to know.

PSLV launches 20 Satellites in a Single Mission

June 28, 2016
PSLV launches 20 Satellites in a Single Mission

For India, at this point in time, ISRO developing expertise with multiple launch technology is more important from the commercial perspective.

God forgives, would Google?

June 06, 2016
God forgives, would Google?

At present, the entire debate on ‘right to be forgotten’ is mainly focused on individual freedom and individual rights. However, it is important to look at this issue from a security angle too.

Cyber Menace and Elections in The Philippines

May 12, 2016
Cyber Security

The cyber-attack on the election commission of The Philippines demonstrates the need for democracies to have a strong cyber security mechanism in place for the smooth conduct of elections.

India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

April 28, 2016
India’s Space Security Policy: A Proposal

It is time India devised a cohesive national policy to guard its interests in space and effectively address existing and emerging challenges.

Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

April 19, 2016
Satellite for SAARC: Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

SAARC satellite was an opportunity for Pakistan to display its enthusiasm for space cooperation with India, but its strategic calculations appear to have ‘jammed’ its vision.

North Korea: Launching a Satellite to Demonstrate ICBM Capability

February 18, 2016
North Korea: Launching a Satellite to Demonstrate ICBM Capability

North Korea may not have reached the level of expertise to develop an ICBM indigenously. But, in terms of declaration of intent, it has achieved all that it wants.