Bharath Gopalaswamy

  • As China Builds Ability to Attack Satellites, Here is How US Should Respond

    As searchers in the Indian Ocean inch toward finding the disappeared Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a reminder of the rising role of China in space is that the critical first step in learning the plane’s fate was an innovative analysis of routine satellite data – and that Chinese space assets played an unusually prominent role in the search.

    Early in the search operation, China pledged the use of 21 satellites – a public display of peaceful space capabilities that reflects China’s modern space ambitions. Not all of those ambitions, though, may be peaceful.

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  • Election Watch 2014: Afghanistan and India

    South Asia is currently witnessing the “largest democratic event in the world” with 7 million, or 60% of registered voters, visiting the polls in Afghanistan last weekend, and the first wave of 815 million registered voters begin to vote this week in India’s five week parliamentary elections. South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz and Senior Fellow Mohan Guruswamy reported on the region’s momentous events from New Delhi, with Deputy Director Bharath Gopalaswamy reporting from Bangalore.
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  • MH 370 Reminds of US Vulnerabilities in Space

    Bharath Gopalaswamy, deputy director for the South Asia Center, and Eurasia Center intern Dylan Rebstock write in the Huffington Post on how the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 highlights the US space program's vulnerabilities:

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  • Lost in Space

    The Crimean Crisis highlights America's Dangerous Dependence on Russian Space Technology.

    The Crimea crisis, the sharpest conflict in decades between the United States and Russia, is raising concerns about the future of the U.S. space program. The cooperation in space that Washington and Moscow fostered in the quarter-century since the Cold War ended is now at risk of unraveling. A return to the Cold War would be very expensive and damaging to both countries, as the plunge in the Russian stock market indicates. But when it comes to space, the partner with more to lose may well be the United States.

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  • Gopalaswamy on Space Weaponization

    South Asia Center Deputy Director Bharath Gopalaswamy writes in India Review on India's space program and the weaponization of space technology:

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  • Gopalaswamy: One More Jewel in India's Space Crown

    South Asia Center Deputy Director Bharath Gopalaswamy writes in the Huffington Post on India's growing space program:

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  • Looking Ahead to South Asia in 2014

    In the coming year, the greater South Asia region will be under enormous pressure. The 2013 elections in Iran and Pakistan ushered in new administrations that are now expected to deliver, particularly on the economic front.  Meanwhile, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh face their own elections in 2014.  In the midst of the ongoing transitions, the South Asia Center invited experts to share their predictions for the region in the coming year as well as offer advice on how to move relations forward between South Asian countries, and the US and greater South Asia.

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  • South Asia Center Discusses India's Space Aspirations

    On October 29, 2013 the South Asia Center hosted a vibrant discussion about India's space aspirations, upcoming plans, and the implications of regional compeition for Indian space exploration. Although space exploration is often viewed in a global context, India's space advances are best viewed context of the geopolitical climate of the Asia-Pacific region.
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  • Gravity: Let's Not Make the Movie a Reality

    The recently released Hollywood hit Gravity depicts George Clooney and Sandra Bullock undertaking a space mission for routine maintenance activities. Their mission is disrupted by debris created by a Russian missile that destroys a defunct satellite. The astronauts scramble for safety, realizing that their vehicle is damaged beyond repair and the rest of their crew is dead. If you think this is all far-fetched, it is not. Besides some technical inaccuracies of orbital physics in the film, the big message in this movie is quite clear: space debris poses a grave challenge to routine space operations.
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  • Finance Minister Dar on Pakistan's Continuing Economic Challenges

    On October 9, the South Asia Center hosted Ishaq Dar, finance minister of Pakistan, for an event entitled “Pakistan’s Continuing Economic Challenges.” 
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