Vivek : Issues & Options

Multi-Vector Foreign Policy of Vietnam and Cooperation with China

The end of cold war in 1991 and dawn of a new era in the global politics also had its concomitant impact on Vietnam and its approaches to foreign policy. While the earlier decades witnessed a series of conflicts the nineties

Third Anniversary of Xi’s China Dream

"Everyone is talking about a China Dream. I believe the revival of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream of the nation since modern times"1
– Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CCP, 29 November 2012

Bihar results will not impact Foreign Policy

While the impact of the Bharatiya Janata Party's electoral debacle in Bihar and the public rift between the party's "veterans" and the current leadership on the course of domestic politics is uncertain, India's foreign relations will not normally be affected by these developments. Diplomats in Delhi and other observers abroad, including business houses, will of course analyse and assess the results of the Bihar elections for their meaning for Narendra Modi's leadership, parliamentary work, government's economic policies, investment prospects and so on.

Paris Attack is Nothing but a Message

The brutal serial attack in Paris resulting in death of 129 civilians besides injuring scores of others should not come as a surprise to anyone. The possibility of such a well-executed attack on in Europe


The One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative of the Chinese has seen a number of international conferences hosted in China over the last two years, to debate and seek ideas from the global economic/strategic community on the optimum parameters and pre-requisites for the project.

Europe must brace for more attacks

The tragedy in Paris is most regrettable; loss of more than 160 innocent lives at the hand of extremist elements anywhere is despicable. Yet, the message coming out from this attack is that the world is

Defence Minister’s One Year Positive Record

During his first year in office, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar gave a free hand to the army to act pro-actively on the LoC. He led from the front and worked closely with the leadership of the

Myanmar Elections’ Crucible: Will there be a transformational Change?

While the forthcoming elections are being seen as a further step in the ongoing transitions in Myanmar there is also a degree of skepticism that whether these elections would change the fundamental nature and character of the Constitution that guarantees the military a dominant role in ruling the country.

Impact of Economic Blockade in Nepal

Despite being endowed with huge economic resources, Nepal with per capita income of US$ 700 is one of world’s most poor nations. This is so because the ruling hill elites have never been serious about the development of the country. Even after the restoration of multi-party system in Nepal in 1990, the economy could not improve on account of the decade-long insurgency (1996-2006).

Upping the Ante in the South China Sea

The political climate in the South China Sea has become more charged with the US Navy sending a destroyer, the USS Lassen, on a Freedom of Navigation patrol (FONOP) within 12 nm of the Subi Reef, a Chinese occupied natural formation in the contested Spratly Islands. The destroyer followed up this patrol with similar ones in the proximity of Vietnamese and Philippine held reefs in the Spratlys. Expected reactions have flowed thick and fast from the Chinese with diplomatic activity gaining pace.