West Asia
Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: May 2021

In May 2021 six experts group discussions were organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation through webinar on events and topics affecting India’s interests worldwide. The diversity of the expertise of each of the members of the expert gro....

Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: April 2021

In April six experts group discussions were organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation through webinar on events and topics affecting India’s interests worldwide. The diversity of the expertise of each of the members of the expert groups....

Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: January 2021

In January five expert group discussions and one interaction on India-Bangladesh relations with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh was organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation through webinar on events and topics extend....

Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: December 2020

In December four expert group discussions and one conference on Taiwan were organized by the Vivekananda International Foundation through webinar on events and topics extending from India’s neighbourhood to West Asia to China. Each of the members o....

Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: September 2020

The month of September saw the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosting members of various Expert Groups via video conferencing. In spirit, the discussions’ were about legacy as they elaborated on the upcoming U.S elections, Prime Ministe....

West Asia and North Africa Roundup 2019

A Year of Protests
In 2019, protests emerged in Algeria against the decision of the 82-year-old incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to contest in the presidential election for a fifth term which was originally scheduled on 18 April ....

West Asia Round Up: September, 2019

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The Persian Gulf Crisis
The Middle East continued to worry the world especially in the wake of drone attacks on the two Saudi oil facilities that reduced the Saudi oil output by almost half. It displayed the vulnerabi....

West Asia Round up: February 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s pivot to Asia
The popularity of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) soared due to his efforts to arguably relaxing restrictions on Saudi women as well as opening avenues for international firm....

West Asia Developments: September, 2018

Iran: Nuclear Issue
Speaking at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu brought to fore their penchant for Iran bashing, claiming that Iran was hiding an atomic warehouse in Tehran. He called for the IAEA to begin in....

The Patriarch and the Pope

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All-Russia and Pope Francis met in Havana on 12 February 2016 – the first-ever meeting between the heads of the two Churches. The Russian Orthodox is part of the Eastern Communion, and hence part of the Great East-Wes....

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