Singh A.,Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses IDSA
Journal of the Indian Ocean Region | Year: 2015
The emergence of India–Brazil–South Africa (IBSA) as a key catalysing agent in the security affairs of the Global South is a development of deep political and strategic significance. Since 2008, the IBSA maritime exercises between India, Brazil and South Africa have played a critical security role in the South Atlantic–Southern Indian Ocean theatre, providing a foundation for a broader, more comprehensive regional initiative. The Southern oceanic littorals, however, do need not just need protection against non-traditional threats, but also a workable model of ocean governance that can revive ‘maritime development’ by kick-starting the regional marine economy and reinvigorating the civilian maritime sector. Doing so will require robust contribution from India, whose maritime agencies are well-placed to play an important security and capacity building role. © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Lele A.,Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses IDSA
Space Policy | Year: 2010
After a gap of 40 years, the Moon is again the focus of several countries' space ambitions. Japan, China and India have already launched their first Moon missions and are expected to send humans moonwards within the next 10-15 years. This revival of lunar programmes in the post-cold war era goes beyond symbolism and is also about the race to grab the natural resources of the Moon. Such ambitious missions by these states imply that they intend to change the unipolar world into one with multiple power centres, and would use space technology as one of the components to do so. This paper examines the first phase Moon missions of the Asian states and argues that their overall deep space mission aspirations have strategic ambitions attached. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.