Neighbourhood
Myanmar Round Up: June 2021

According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a non-profit venture that tracks conflict, some 58 defence forces have been formed across the country. The announcement of the ceasefire by the military was mere eyewash as the ....

Myanmar Round-Up: May 2021

Since the military coup in February, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared for the first time at a court on 24 May. Her lawyer stated that she was determined to defend the integrity of her political party. Myanmar military has branded the Nati....

Sanctions: An Ineffective Tool in Myanmar

Imposing sanctions is not new to Myanmar and its economy and people. Since independence, the country has been under the impact of ethnic conflicts and a continuous fight for civilian versus the military rule. It took its worst shape in 1988, and sinc....

Myanmar Round Up: April 2021

It has been three months since the military takeover, and the protest movements and civil unrest continues. More than a hundred protestors were killed in the violence inflicted by Myanmar’s military, and the military further expanded the internet s....

Discussion on India-Bangladesh Relations: Opportunities and Challenges

On 21 January 2021, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised VIMRASH on India-Bangladesh Relations: Opportunities and Challenges. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, introduced Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P. State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Go....

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....

Round Table Discussion on ‘Post COVID-19: India and the Neighbourhood’

Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on ‘Post COVID-19: India and the Neighbourhood’ on 11 May 2020. Amb Satish Chandra, Vice Chairman VIF, delivered the opening remarks followed with presentations b....

Coronavirus: China’s New Diplomacy

As on 15April 2020, the total number of coronavirus cases are 1,986,936, with 125,953 deaths worldwide. The origin of the virus remains unknown. It is widely believed that virus jumped species and is traced to the “wet market” in Wuhan. It is bel....

VIF Capsule for Defence Attaches Designates and their Spouses

VIF organized a one day capsule for 14 India’s Defence Attaches designates who have been assigned to various Indian Embassies abroad. It was also the first time that spouses of the Defence Attaches (DAs) also attended the capsule. This was much app....

India's Foreign Policy and National Security Strategy

Has India always been a part of someone else's strategy? A RAND Corporation study argues that India thinks defensively due to the geography and cultural belief systems, so India never had a strategic culture. There is also the argument that India's s....

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