Amruta Karambelkar was a research associate with the Indo-Pacific cluster at the VIF. Her interests lie in maritime issues, naval developments and the area focus is Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and the larger Indo-Pacific region. She is pursuing her doctorate from the Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, SIS on JNU. Her MPhil dissertation examined military build-up of Vietnam and Singapore from 1992 to 2012. She holds masters degree in political science from University of Pune. She has previous experience of working with the Indian Council of World Affairs.

Contributions 
Quad Foreign Ministerial meeting in Australia The Foreign Ministers from the Quad countries met in Melbourne, Australia on 11 February 2022. The meeting was in the preparation of the Quad summit which is expected to be held in the first half of this year. In the last two years, the Quad members ...

2021 Crystallised the Indo-Pacific Security Landscape 2021 was an eventful year in the Indo-Pacific region. Several developments have taken place, which are significant in their own right, but are rather indicative of what lies ahead in this region. This article examines the implications of the key secu...

A Critical Assessment of the Quad from an Indian Perspective Few foreign policy matters generate opinions as polarising as over the Quad. The prime point of difference is over what the Quad ought to do, and whether it should be militarised or not. These concerns are fair on its own but it misses forest for th...

The QUAD Navies Exercise for the Second Time In the 2021 edition of the Exercise Malabar, the navies of India, US, Japan and Australia came together during 26-29 August for the sea phase. This year makes the second year when Ex. Malabar was conducted in its expanded form. Nowhere is it being o...

Takeaways from the Fullerton lecture A high-level US visit was due in Southeast Asia. The region felt having been neglected from the previous administration. Lloyd Austin, the Secretary of Defense visited Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines in July. The choice of three specific coun...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
India’s Ocean- The story of India’s bid for regional leadership by David Brewster, New York: Routledge, 2014. pp228. ISBN- 978-0-415-52059-1 Indian Ocean is of critical importance to India. The Indian peninsula juts out into the Indian Ocean. In fact, this is the only ocean in the world that is named after a country. The 21st century is a maritime century; therefore, the significance of ...

VIF Briefs 
The China-Solomon Islands Bilateral Security Pact In April 2022, China and the Solomon Islands signed a bilateral defence pact. The signing of this deal has caused great distress within Australia and the US, drawing sharp reactions from both the countries. The news of possible pact of this kind brok...

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in Southeast Asia The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed power play amongst nations. The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a race of sorts to provide essential medical supplies and in the second year, a competition for vaccines is underway. Vaccine diplomacy, as it...

A Guide to India-Australia Relations For the first time in India’s diplomatic history a summit was held on a virtual platform. On 4th June 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed a range of issues with his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Scott Morrison. This summit is signi...

Event Reports 
VIF-Sichuan University Dialogue On 13 January 2022, VIF held a virtual interaction with scholars from Sichuan University. The speakers were Amb. Anil Wadhwa (retd), Amb Gautam Mukhopadhaya (retd) and Mr. Pranav Kumar from the Indian side. Prof. Liu Siwei, Prof. Zhang Li, Prof. Yang...

Interaction with H.E. Mr. Barry O’Farrell, High Commissioner of Australia to India Vivekananda International Foundation hosted His Excellency, Mr. Barry O’Farrell for an interaction on India-Australia bilateral relations. Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF, Amb. Anil Wadhwa, Distinguished Fellow, VIF, Amb. Kanwal Sibal, former forei...

Interaction with New Zealand Delegation On 13th January a delegation from New Zealand visited the Vivekananda International Foundation. The delegation comprised of Commodore Mellissa Ross, Deputy Chief of the Navy, Ms. Erin Duncan, Deputy High Commissioner to India, Ms. Suzannah Jessep, Di...

VIF-IISS-BHC Roundtable on the Indian Ocean On 17 October the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) in conjuncture with the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, (IISS) London and the British High Commission organised a day-long roundtable on the Indian Ocean. The idea behind ...

Round Table Discussion on the Indo-Pacific Preliminaries The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) held a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on the Indo-Pacific on 09 September 2019. Since the past few years the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ is widely used in the strategic circles though...

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