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The Re-election of Gambian President Raises Hope for Justice

On 4th December 2021, The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, held its presidential election. The present election can be viewed as a strong statement in support of successful transition towards a democratic society. To recall, in the...

China: Daily Scan, December 6, 2021

Xi stresses developing religions in Chinese context: Xinhuanet December 4, 2021 Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed upholding the principle of developing religions in the Chinese context, and providing active guidance for the adaptation of...

Future of Post-Islamist Morocco and India-Morocco Relations

In the parliamentary elections of 8th September, Morocco’s long-ruling Islamists suffered a crushing defeat by the liberal parties. With just 12 seats, Islamist Justice and Development (PJD)Party finished much behind its main rivals, the National...

Military Coup in Guinea and its Implications for Democratic Governance in Africa

In the early morning of Sunday, heavy gunfire was heard near Guinea’s presidential palace, in capital Conakry, prompting fear of instability. This was followed by social media updates, where people of Guinea saw their President Mr. Condé being held...

Japan’s Economic and Geo-Strategic Interests in Myanmar

Japan and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in 1954. The Japan-Burma Peace Treaty and Agreement on Reparations and Economic Cooperation, 1954 laid the foundations for economic cooperation. The two countries refer to the historical friendly...

Deepening Democracy in Taiwan under Democratic Progressive Party

The consolidation and deepening of democracy in Taiwan as evident from the regular and periodic elections and peaceful transfer of political baton from one political party to another speak volume of the democratic culture and tradition of Taiwan....

150-Days of Political Crises: A Setback to Democracy in Myanmar

It has been 150 days since the Myanmar military challenged the 2020 élections and took over its hegemonic shape on 01 February 2021. The political crisis has led to a humanitarian crisis in the country. The progress seen in the democratic process...

Discussion on Recent Developments in Myanmar: Implications for India

On 11 February 2021, VIF organised a discussion on ‘Recent Developments in Myanmar: Implications for India’. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, welcomed the participants and delivered the opening remarks followed by brief presentations by Amb...

Pakistan’s Democratic Opening?

Pakistan’s opposition parties under the banner of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) have unleashed a direct attack on Imran Khan Government and its military backers. After two rallies in Gujranwala and Karachi by PDM, Pakistan’s hybrid regime is...

Indonesia and the Growing Influence of Islam

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country but is not an Islamic State. It is governed by its doctrine of Pancasila enshrined in the Constitution1. Besides its belief in One God, the Constitution also recognises six religions in Indonesia viz...

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