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Interaction with Prof. Daya Thussu on Leveraging India’s Soft Power

‘Soft Power’, a term coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s, has been gaining increasing salience in foreign policy debates the world over. While in India, the use of soft power as part of Indian diplomacy

A Talk on ‘Freebies and Good Governance’ by Mr. B. P. Singh, Former Governor of Sikkim

While freebies are considered among the surest and fastest means of providing succor to the needy poor, these come at a heavy cost to the national exchequer

Roundtable Discussion on China-Pakistan Nexus: Challenges and Response

The VIF held an internal Round Table Discussion on 12 August 2016, necessitated largely by the fact that China-Pakistan axis, which has remained India’s Achilles heel for long, has begun to manifest

Interaction with a Delegation from China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)

A delegation of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), led by its President Prof. Ji Zhiye, including Mr. Han Liqun and Mr. Hu Shisheng, among others, visited the VIF on 5 August 2016

Seminar on “India-EU Relations: Opportunities and Challenges”

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), in collaboration with Finland Future Research Centre (FFRC), held a day-long seminar on ‘India-European (EU) Relations: Opportunities and Challenges’ on 1 Aug 2016.

Fortnightly Review & Analysis - USA, EU and Eurasia (Vol 1 Issue IV)

(August 1 - 22, 2016)

USA

Donald Trump's campaign underwent a major staff shake-up with less than three months to Election Day. Donald Trump added two new officials to top posts overseeing his struggling campaign and signaling a shift toward campaigning as an outsider who has come with refreshing ideas – a move it is hoped would see his ratings go up.

Sedition versus free speech: The conflict goes on

A clamour to repeal the law dealing with sedition gains ground every time the police somewhere in the country files a case under the provision. The most recent example of this has happened in Bengaluru, when the Karnataka police

Fortnightly Review & Analysis - Neighbourhood Studies (Vol 1 Issue IV)

(August 1-15, 2016)

Pakistan

Diplomatic Gauntlet Thrown Over Kashmir

Pakistan has decided to go on a diplomatic offensive against India to resurrect the Kashmir issue and agitate the international community on this issue. This was apparently also the recommendation made during a three day

Islamic Radicalisation: The Zakir Naik Way

Zakir Naik, a Mumbai based televangelist has been in news recently after one of the Bangladeshi youth involved in July 2, 2016 terrorist attack at the Dhaka Holey Artisan Bakery, admitted to having been influenced

Fortnightly Review & Analysis – Defense, National Security and Terrorism (Vol 1 Issue IV)

(August 1-15, 2016)

International Terrorism- ISIS Related Developments

United States (US) Air Campaign against ISIS in Libya

Following a request from the United Nations (UN)-backed government in Libya, the US carried out airstrikes against ISIS militias in the country. The air campaigns, authorised by President Barack Obama, began on

South China Sea imbroglio: Setting The Record Straight

China is a signatory to United Nations Convention of the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) but not the US. The South China Sea (SCS) covers an area of nearly four million square kilometers. It is estimated that US $5 trillion worth of sea borne trade

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