Dr. Himani Pant is an Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation. She focuses on the domestic and foreign policy of the European Union, United States and Russia. She has done her M Phil and PhD from the Centre for European Studies (School of International Studies), Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her M Phil dissertation focused on the asylum debate in Germany in the early 1990s. Her doctoral thesis focused on “The European Union and Russia in their Common Neighbourhood: A Case Study of Georgia and Ukraine, 2004-2016.” Previously, she worked as a Junior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. She was also a Visiting Research Scholar at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium for three months (February-April 2018).

Contributions 
Takeaways from the Biden-Putin Summit The downturn in the trajectory of US-Russia ties has become more pronounced since 2014. The differences over Ukraine, Middle East and others have been further exacerbated by charges of election meddling, cyber attacks levelled against Russia. At pres...

China’s Role in Eroding Tibetan Identity: Religious and Cultural Issues Four years after passing a similar law in Xinjiang, the Chinese government passed the “Regulations on the Establishment of a Model Area for Ethnic Unity and Progress” in Tibet earlier this year. This contentious new law identifies Tibet “an ina...

US Election 2020: Kamala Harris is the Democratic Party's Vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden has chosen his former critic and rival for Democratic presidential nomination, Kamala Devi Harris, as his running mate for the upcoming Presidential election in November. In his tweet announcing the decision, Biden called Harris “a fearle...

Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the European Union The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has evolved as a global pandemic1 ever since its outbreak in China in December 2019.2 This highly contagious disease has infected around 800,000 people worldwide in a short span of three month...

Constitutional Changes in Russia In his annual Presidential address to the Federal Assembly last month1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a series of amendments “to improve social policy and public administration” in the country. His speech addressed constit...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
India and EU: An Insider’s View by Bhaswati Mukherjee, New Delhi: ICWA and Vij Books, 2018, ISBN: 978-81-93759-10-3, pp. 336, Rs 995 Although India was among the first countries to develop ties with the European community in the 1960s, the country’s present level of engagement with the European Union (EU) is not commensurate with the existing potential. The four-year long hiatus...

Event Reports 
VIF-RIAC Discussion on Post Covid Global and Regional Trends and India-Russia Relations The VIF, in collaboration with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) organised a virtual discussion on "Post Covid Global and Regional Trends and India-Russia Relations on 23 June. The participants in the discussion included Dr. Arvind Gu...

Quad Plus Dialogue The Quad Plus Dialogue is held every quarter, since 2013 and the Vivekananda International Foundation has been the designated think tank representing India since the inception of this dialogue. Apart from VIF, the other think tanks from Quad members ...

VIF-IISS Roundtable on the UK’s Integrated Review: Impact on relations with India The United Kingdom released its “Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy” on 16 March 2021. Titled ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age’, the document stands out for shaping the country’s post-Brexit foreign, ...

Talk by H.E. Amb. Emmanuel Bonne The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a virtual talk by H.E. Amb. Emmanuel Bonn, diplomatic Advisor and G7-G20 Sherpa to the French President on 7th January 2021. On a visit to India for the annual strategic dialogue between France and ...

Strategic dialogue VIF-Australian National University The Vivekananda International Foundation in collaboration with the Australian National University organised a virtual discussion on the emerging geopolitical trends and their implications on 4 November 2020. The opening remarks were made by VIF direc...

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