India’s Nordic Outreach

Amb Anil Trigunayat, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
En route to UK for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Sweden on April 16 & 17. It will be a bilateral visit, with multilateral engagements, for the first Indo-Nordic Summit at St
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

14th EU-India Summit : The Need For A Fresh Perspective

Amb D P Srivastava, Senior Fellow & Cluster Leader, VIF
The Summit The 14th European Union (EU)-India Summit was held in New Delhi on 6th October, 2017. It showed the maturity of the process that began in 2000 with Lisbon Summit. Both the partners have gone through major changes since
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Terror Strikes Europe: Testing Time for EU’s Collective Security

Ramanand Garge, Senior Research Associate, VIF
Even though Daesh has been facing serious setbacks in Iraq and Syria with its major strongholds getting demolished by the security forces, the month of August 2017 did not bring the expected joy across European cities. Three cities in Europe
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Ukraine Developments: US/ EU Attempt to Stretch Europe’s Frontiers?

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
Developments in Ukraine should be understood as part of US/EU's project of stretching the frontiers of "Europe" eastwards as far as possible in order either to eventually topple the present Russian political and economic order from within and make Ru
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe, US, Russia

Back From The Brink

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
Contrary to all expectations, the Italian marines have returned to India for trial. After having formally announced that the marines will not come back, the Italian government has dramatically reversed its position. This suggests that the hardliners
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Italy goes back on its word

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The latest turn of events in the Italian marines case is most unfortunate for both India and Italy as the bilateral relationship is being put under serious strain. The Indian side had greater reason to feel aggrieved by the cause of the crisis. In
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Not in Our Interest to Escalate Matters

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
But it’s up to Rome to find an acceptable way out of the crisis it has created. The refusal of the Italian government to send back their marines to India for trial complicates an already emotive issue. The Italian government had till now show
National Security and Strategic Studies, Europe

Importance of India

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The back to back visits of French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron to India in February call attention to the European dimension of our foreign policy. Many in our establishment have a tendency to dismiss the impor
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Europe Comes Calling

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The successive visits of French President Hollande and UK Prime Minister Cameron to India this month can be viewed from different angles. Both countries clearly attach increasing importance to the India relationship. Opportunities in India are consid
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe

Friends with Benefits

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The back-to-back visits of the president of France, Francois Hollande, and the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, last month have put the spotlight on India’s relationship with Europe. Some belittle the importance of this relationship as Eur
International Relations and Diplomacy, Europe