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  • Role of Technology in International Affairs

    Role of Technology In international Affairs
    Publisher: Pentagon Press
    ISBN 978-81-8274-881-1
    Price: ₹. 995.00 Purchase Download E-copy

    About the Book

    Recent advances in technology have opened up vast new areas of communication, cooperation and even friction among nations in their pursuit of security, development and progress. Science and technology today transcend almost all areas of international affairs. The role of science and technology in international affairs is so intrinsic that it is rarely recognised as a separate entity and often taken for granted. The impact of modern dual-use technology on human society and national security has become so large that it would be necessary for foreign policy professionals to understand the finer nuances of technology to successfully negotiate international affairs in future. The book Role of Technology in International Affairs is aimed at bringing a clear appreciation of the various interconnections and interdependencies between technology, security, foreign policy and diplomacy that future diplomats must have for navigating towards international peace.

    Part-I introduces the reader to the changing dimensions of international relations and diplomacy and highlights the interplay between technology and international affairs. An India-specific perspective is also discussed to bring focus on future challenges for India in the changing globalised world. Part-II takes the reader through four technology areas of major impact on international affairs. New dimensions of outer space and cyber space have emerged as most decisive area for international peace. Climate change is going to be the most challenging area for international negotiation for the future. The four chapters endeavour to provide a keen insight on important technology areas. Part-III is about how best India can integrate science and technology and foreign policy to build its comprehensive national power which will be vital to India positioning itself as a major power for protecting and furthering its national interest in international affairs.

    The book should serve as a valuable references to foreign policy professionals and students, and also provide a new perspective for technologists to appreciate the need for an integrated approach.

    About the Author

    Professor Amitav Mallik has been a research scientist in the Ministry of Defence since 1966 and he was among the first in India to develop indigenous gas lasers. After ten years of teaching at DIAT, Pune, as Professor of Electronics, he continued his work on high power lasers and founded the laser laboratory – Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) in Delhi. As Director, LASTEC his pioneering work in high power lasers put India on the world map of directed energy weapons capability for satellite defence applications. He was awarded the Padmashri in 2002 for his outstanding contribution to defence research and development. He served as the first Adviser, Defence Technology at the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C., during 1988-1994 where he laid the foundation for Indo-US cooperation in critical defence technologies. This led to opening-up of the high-tech US-India cooperation of today. He served as Adviser on the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) for three successive year from 2003, contributing to strategic security planning and also bringing a new focus on energy and environment security at the NSC. He has authored 5 books, starting with the firs on Technology and Security in 21st Century: A Demand Side Perspective for SIPRI, Sweden. He continues to write and speak on national security, strategic technologies and energy and environment issues to help spread public awareness on these subjects.




      PART I


    1. Technology, Diplomacy and International Affairs
      Changing Dimensions of International Relations and Diplomacy  Interplay of Science and Technology with Foreign Policy
      Technology Controls and Foreign Policy: Indian Perspective

    2. Technology and Security: Challenges for Diplomacy
      Introduction: Technology, Security and Diplomacy Interplay
      Technology and Security: Challenges for India
      Indian Science and Technology Potential for Influencing International Relations
      International Relations and Diplomacy in a Globalised World

    3. PART II


    4. Defence Technologies: Game Changers for International Affairs
      Introduction: Game Changing Defence Technologies
      Evolution of Defence Technologies and Impact on International Affairs
      Politics of Nuclear Weapons and International Affairs: Indian Perspective
      Future Technology Trends and Impact on Balance of Power Equations

    5. Outer Space and International Affairs
      Space Security and International Relations: An Introduction
      Space Security: International Dimension and Indian Perspective
      Space Sustainability, Space Laws and Space Code of Conduct
      Policy Options for India and Foreign Policy Challenges

    6. Cyber Space and International Affairs
      Introduction: Cyber Space—the New Dimension
      Expanding Cyber Space: Impact on International Affairs
      Cyber Security: Threat Perceptions and Policy Dimensions
      Challenges for Indian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

    7. Climate Change and International Relations
      Global Warming and Climate Change: An Introduction
      Energy and Environment Dilemma: Indian Priorities
      Climate Change and National Security: Indian Perspective
      Climate Negotiations: Challenges for Indian Diplomacy

    8. PART III


    9. Summary and Recommendations
      Technology and Foreign Policy Interplay: A Summary
      India’s National Interests and Foreign Policy Priorities
      Comprehensive National Power: Role of Science and Technology
    10. Index

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