The IUP Journal of International Relations
India's Space Program in the Emerging New World Order and Its Relevance in South East Asia

Article Details
Pub. Date : Jan, 2022
Product Name : The IUP Journal of International Relations
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJIR040122
Author Name :Baruna Kumar Behera
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 10



Year 2020 will be a watershed in world politics given the continuing repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. The outbreak of this pandemic and its impact seem to suggest the arrival of a new world order. The role of China in the outbreak of this disease has been a subject of discussion, although the World Health Organization (WHO) has given it a clean chit. However, the Western world continues to suspect China's role in the outbreak. This suspicion has drawn a new fault line between the US and China. This new world order, which will be built on a struggle for dominance in international affairs, will have two major poles, with leadership held by two countries: the US (current superpower) and China (emerging superpower). Cold War power politics will resurface, with Asia as the epicenter. Bipolarity concept will arise again in world politics. Ideas like D-10, G-7 extension, Quad grouping and Five Eyes networking seem to bolster this bipolarity idea. Given this background, this paper seeks to examine the relevance of India's space program in South East Asia. South East Asia, which is a part of the Indo-Pacific, is going to witness new developments of this new world order. In this light, the aim of this paper is to gain a better understanding of India's space program and its potential applications in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) area.


Major incidents in the history of the world have always resulted in profound shifts in international relations. This hypothetical argument can be supported by events such as the Industrial Revolution, World War I, World War II and the end of the Cold War. Similarly, the current world has been going through a difficult time that has signaled a significant change in the dynamics of global power alignment. During the Covid-19 pandemic, more than one crore people were infected with the disease and lakhs of people died as a result of the pandemic.