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China: Daily Scan, October 21, 2021

China to further intensify relief policy support for smaller businesses: Xinhuanet October 20, 2021 China will take a multi-pronged and targeted approach to step up relief to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), the State Council's...

China: Daily Scan, October 18, 2021

Tibet to improve financial services for smaller firms: Xinhuanet October 15, 2021 Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has introduced a raft of measures to improve financial services to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, according to...

Evolving Situation in Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects for India-Tajikistan Cooperation

The Setting The events in Afghanistan have come full circle since 18 October, 2001 when the US Special Forces were inserted from across the Central Asian borders. Whilst it might appear as history repeating itself, the circumstances have changed so...

Decoding Tajikistan’s Critical Approach towards Taliban

The quick rise of the Taliban after the US troops started to withdraw from Afghanistan has left the country’s neighbours in a difficult situation. Pakistan, a long-time ally of the Taliban, was pleased with the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan....

West Asia Roundup -August 2021

Abstract; Fast moving events in Afghanistan captured the regional and global attention as US forces withdrew in an unprecedented manner shortening their own timelines ceding space to Taliban as the Afghan national forces crumbled. Taliban entered...

Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 30 August - 05 September 2021

Economic China’s Xi Jinping, Liu He move to reassure private sector as Beijing’s Big Tech crackdown rattles entrepreneurs On Sept 06, both Chinese President Xi Jinping and his top economic adviser, Vice-Premier Liu He, sent strong messages of...

Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: July 2021

Vivekananda International Foundation organized six experts group through webinar on events and topics affecting India’s interests worldwide in the month of July 2021. The expert groups provide layers of understanding and contextualized the present...

How is Central Asia Reacting to Afghanistan’s Fall?

Introduction The developments that Central Asian Republics (CARs) have been dreading in recent weeks have begun to unfold. On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Kabul, which ultimately led to the collapse of the Afghan government headed by...

Developments in Afghanistan: Concerns for Russia’s Central Asia Policy

Background The failure of the Afghan Peace process and subsequent 'US-allied forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan has paved the way for an accelerated Taliban offensive in the country. This has become a serious concern for regional security and...

Why are Central Asian Republics wooing Pakistan?

The emerging regional security threats post-US withdrawal from Afghanistan has led to an active engagement between Pakistan and Central Asian republics (CARs). The US and NATO forces were scheduled to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by 11 September...

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