International Relations and Diplomacy
Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: August 2022

In the month of August 2022 Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organized a total of seven expert group, think tank, round table and eminent person interactions with most of them being hybrid but with increasing in person attendance. The month....

Remembering Gorbachev

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” (William Shakespeare) Mikhail Gorbachev’s passing away on 30th August has compelled observers around the world to assess his place in history. For t....

India’s G20 Presidency

In this episode of VIF podcast, Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow at Gateway House discusses with Samir Bhattacharya, Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation on India’s upcoming G20 Presidency and the associated c....

Deterrence in Asymmetries

Ashley Tellis’s book – ‘Striking Asymmetries- Nuclear Transitions in South Asia’ has caught some media attention with commentators calling for a review of India’s nuclear doctrine and posture in view of an assessed build up of nuclear arsen....

Interaction with Amb Mohan Kumar on “WTO and Global Trade”

The Vivekananda International Foundation organized an interaction with Ambassador Mohan Kumar (retd) on “WTO and Global Trade” on 18 July 2022. After Welcoming Remarks by Lt Gen Ravi Sawhney (Retd), Ambassador Mohan Kumar expounded on the history....

India at 75: Foreign and Economic Policies and the Road ahead

Since independence India has evolved at a rapid pace and successfully embraced numerous structural changes. Amid the 21st century realities, as India turns 75, its foreign policy and growing economic capabilities lend a sense of optimism about the co....

Sinostan: China's Growing Influence in Central Asia

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, China had greater ambitions to establish cordial relations with newly independent CARs, which had not previously been the case due to Sino-Soviet animosity. In addition, the geopolitical vacuum left by the ....

The Iraqi Political Conundrum

Iraq’s problems do not seem to go away. Any effort for a domestic stabilization always meets with an unequal and more intense opposing force. Politico- religious leaders hold the sway. External powers play their own games in keeping their stables a....

Gorbachev’s Legacy: A Reformer Who Lost the Game

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and the last president of the Soviet Union, passed away in Moscow on 30 August 2022 at the age of 91. He was no ordinary leader. He was the principal architect of the end of ....

The man who brought down the Iron Curtain

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has frequently been quoted as saying that the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical disaster of the twentieth century. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the USSR, who passed away in Mosco....

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