Connectivity
What to Expect from the First India-Central Asia Summit

Background
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the first-ever India-Central Asia Leaders Summit in a virtual format on January 27, 2022. This summit will bring together the heads of state of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, ....

Central Asia: A Look Back At 2021 and Outlook For 2022

Introduction
The year 2021 has been challenging for Central Asia. The year marked the three decades of independence for the Central Asian countries since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The socio-economic and health impacts of the....

Third Edition of India-Central Asia Dialogue: Bolstering India’s Central Asia Policy

Introduction
Central Asia’s geostrategic importance stands increased with the recent developments in Afghanistan. Two major powers, i.e., Russia and China continue to maintain their influence in the region while the US and West still need....

Nepal, India expedite Connectivity Projects

On October 22, India handed over Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail line to Nepal. ....

Border Management: Challenges and Opportunites

(The following is the updated version of Keynote Address delivered by the Director VIF at Security and Policy Initiatves (SAPI)Conference on 26th October 2021) Borderlands are subject to diverse influences. The peripheries of a country are....

Sudan-South Sudan Rapprochement and Its Implications for the Region and Beyond

After a decade-long impasse, the borders between Sudan and South Sudan reopened on 1st October, 2021. With this first step of rapprochement, two countries can now slowly advance towards stabilizing the ties between them. On 12th September Sudanese Pr....

Uzbek President’s Call for Connectivity, Cooperation, Dialogue and Trust in Central Asia-South Asia Region: Pakistan’s Obduracy is the Obstacle

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan hosted an important conference ‘Regional Connectivity Between Central Asia and South Asia – Challenges and Opportunities’ in Tashkent on 15-16 July 2021. The conference was proposed by the Uzbek Presi....

Pakistan’s Support to Taliban is Behind the Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

At the initiative of Uzbek President Shavket Miriziev, a high-level conference was held in Tashkent on 15-16 July 2021 to discuss connectivity between Central Asia and South Asia. The conference was attended by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan,....

India-Central Asia Relations: Issues and Prospects

Despite close historical and cultural connection that India shared with Central Asian region, the bilateral relations have remained below the potential. The key reason is the lack of connectivity. However, in 2015, with PM Modi’s visit to this regi....

Prospects of Developing Regional Value Chain in South Asia

This discussion paper attempts to examine two major questions, first, if RVC can be developed in South Asia, and, second, is the South Asian region ready for this development? We are premising our arguments on the marginal rise in trade volume over t....

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