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Space Matters #8

At a Glance:  US Space Force fields its own military intelligence branch.  US Space Force leadership acknowledges there is a gap in the US’s in-orbit proximity threat categorisation capability. The US Military’s space programmes aren’t self-sufficient for mission-critical hardware components. ...

An ongoing journal on Russia-Japan relations #2

The state of economic cooperation between Japan and Russia Since the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took over, the consensus has been that his administration will continue the policies of economic cooperation with Russia pursued by his predecessor Prime...

Space Matters #7

At a glance: In an eventful fortnight, the US has released a new planetary protection strategy and a space nuclear power strategy, besides rechristening its Space Force personnel as “Guardians”. The Russian Military wrapped up the year 2020 with 21...

Testing and Tracing: Case for a Relook

The Drug Controller General of India has given emergency approvals to vaccine candidates being manufactured in India. The Government of India is also keen on a nationwide rollout through a mass vaccination campaign.  While the focus should be on ensuring...

An ongoing journal on Russia-Japan relations #1

Russia-Japan relations are an arena of geopolitics less explored than the headline grabbing contention between the West and Russia. As neighbours, Japan and Russia have always had an uneasy relationship that has seen many flashpoints including the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese war,...

Space Matters #6

At a glance: In an eventful fortnight, the US has published a new National Space Policy. China is expecting its lunar sample retrieval mission to land back on Earth in a few days. The US military is rechristening its bases...

Tracking the COVID-19 Vaccine # 2

A lot has changed since the last blog post. Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have declared preliminary results for their ongoing Phase III trials while the UK has rushed to grant approval to the Pfizer vaccine and aims to begin vaccinations...

Jobs and Cities are Correlated

There are many ideas that economists agree upon. One such agreement is about the importance of foreign trade in helping economic growth. Another point of agreement is that cities are engines of growth and job creation.  The fuel that powers...

China, COVID and Convection

It was just the typical day; I come back from office, greeted by a steaming hot tea cup. This was followed by a de-brief of the day’s activities with emphasis on the tasks which remain undone. As I sat down...

Space Matters #5

The Great Game for Space: The UK is setting up a Space Command but not at the cost of its conventional defence capabilities According to a report by Janes, the UK is setting up a new Space Command as a...
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