Soft Power
Qatar Registers its Soft Power Presence in Afghanistan

The Qatari’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani’s visit to Afghanistan in September1 marked the first high level visit since the Taliban takeover on August 15. He held meeting with the Taliban...

India-Japan in the Indo-Pacific: A Strategic Convergence for Peace, Progress and Prosperity

Over the last three decades, with the economic rise of India, Japan, China, Korea, ASEAN combined with Australia and New Zealand, Indo-Pacific has surely emerged as the new theatre of Great Power contest. The idea of Indo-Pacific and its coordinates...

Decoding the Turkey-Pakistan alliance

Over the years, Turkey-Pakistan relations have stood the precarious nature of global politics as well as the turbulence of their domestic politics. Since its creation in 1947, Pakistan has received uncritical support of Turkey irrespective of who is...

Tibetan Buddhism: A Source and Strength of India’s Soft Power Diplomacy

The relations between Tibet, India and China are best illustrated in the words of Claude Arpi, a noted historian and journalist who has written a series of important books on Tibet, India and China, including, The Fate of Tibet: When the Big Insects...

Dissecting Macro Focus-areas for India this Decade - World Order, Domestic Economy & Technology

With the age-old Ram Mandir issue resolved Indian civilization took a step ahead in 2020 even when global and Indian economy took several steps back due to pandemic. A great historic wrong has been corrected which was imposed on our ancestors and...

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Revisited: Exploring India’s Soft Power Assets

In January 2019, Vivekananda International Foundation organized the seminar Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality to mobilize the Indian repository of ideas—ancient and modern—and bring them...

Introduction to Indian Strategic Thinking for Diplomats 2.0

On 17 February 2020, VIF held the second workshop for foreign diplomats posted in embassies based in New Delhi. It was the second time this initiative was taken to bring together diplomats from countries around the world and introduce them to the...

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam:Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality - Conference Proceedings

The adoption of 21st June as International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, in response to an India-led resolution with a record high number of co-sponsors, was a landmark event. Taking the cue from the Honorable Prime...

From Buddhism to Bollywood - The Investment in Soft Power

As a gross generalisation, three factors shape the foreign policy of most countries: history, geography and capability. And each of these has decisively influenced Indian foreign policy, in different ways at different times. India’s power of...

Release of ‘India’s National Security Crisis: Reinventing the Republic’

‘India’s National Security Crisis: Reinventing the Republic’ written by Maj Gen (Dr) GD Bakshi SM, VSM (Retd) was released at the Vivekananda International Foundation on 21 April 2014. The function was presided over by Mr. Prakash Singh, former DG,...

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