Central Asia
VIF signs MOUs with Uzbek Think Tanks

A delegation from Vivekanand International Foundation (VIF) visited Uzbekistan from 24th-31st August, 2017 for discussions with Uzbek Think Tanks. The visit took place immediately after a visit by a high powered Uzbek delegation....

भारत और एससीओ अस्ताना सम्मेलन और उसके बाद

शांघाई सहयोग संगठन (एससीओ) में 2005 से ही पर्यवेक्षक की भूमिका निभा रहे भारत को जून में आयोजित अस्त....

India and SCO: Astana Summit and Beyond

After being an observer in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) since 2005, India finally gained entry to the multilateral grouping during the Astana Summit held in June. India had applied for the full membership in 2014 after weighing very ju....

Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for Central Asia

The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) sought attention of the international community and made headlines everywhere in mid-May. The event was organized by China in Beijing on 14-15 May 2017 with the purpose of promoting its ambitious project called the Belt ....

Kazakhstan: Emerging Player on the World Stage

Kazakhstan has assumed non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the tenure of 2017-18. It is the first Central Asian Republic (CAR) to join this supreme body. Kazakhstan is a young nation that gained independence i....

Round Table Discussion on Deep-Water Gas Pipeline

Dr T N Rao, on behalf of South Asia Gas Enterprise Private Ltd (SAGE), a consortium led by the Indian Siddho Mal Group, laid out a presentation for the VIF faculty on building a deep-water, trans-national, natural gas pipeline system from the Middle....

Interaction with Ambassador Peter Burian, EU’s Special Representative for Central Asia, February 10, 2017

Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) invited Amb. Peter Burian, European Union’s Special Representative for Central Asia, on February 10, 2017 to deliver a talk on EU’s perspective and strategy for Central Asia. His address was followed by ....

Uzbekistan after Islam Karimov

The President’s Legacy After a week of intense speculation, dawn break on the 2nd of September 2016 coincided with the Uzbek state media finally declaring the death of the country’s first and only president, Islam Karimov. Al....

Changing Dynamics in Central Asia and Afghanistan

Introduction In recent months, security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and relations between Kabul and Islamabad are tense. Although Afghanistan has signed a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-i-Islami, the overall....

India-Iran Relations: Prospects and Challenges

India’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over the last few years have been marked by various hurdles. These pertained to the unresolved payment imbroglio for the import of Iranian crude oil; inability to streamline trade between the two ....

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