Commentary: Japan’s Challenges and Indo-Japanese Connection - Perspectives for 2018

Aftab Seth
In the new year, Japan under Shinzo Abe faces many challenges on the foreign policy front. Some of these are perennial problems and others are relatively new. Among the continuing challenges is the threat of North Korea and its ballistic missile a
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Containment Again: Will this be the Leitmotif of the ‘Quad’?

Pinaki Bhattacharya
Prologue When George F Kennan wrote his ‘Long Telegram’ from the Moscow embassy in February 1946, soon after the death of the three-term president of the USA, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), it was early in arriving. The lege
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Commentary: North Korea Takes Advantage of Flags of Convenience Regime

Dr Vijay Sakhuja
Amid high decibel ‘verbal exchanges’ between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over latter’s nuclear ambition, the United Nations Security Council announced on 22 December 2017 new economic sanctions against Democrat
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Emerging India European Union Cooperation in Western Indian Ocean

Commodore Somen Banerjee, Senior Fellow, VIF
Donald Trump’s exhortation for European Union (EU) to do more for their own security, coupled with ‘Brexit’ has spurred the EU to review its security framework. This has been further convoluted by an assertive Russia and rising influence of Chi
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

मोदी के मनिला दौरे का विवरण

Amb Satish Chandra, Member of Executive Committee and Advisory Council, VIF
जैसा कि प्रत्येक विदेश दौरे में होता आया है उसे कायम रखते हुए इस बार भी प्रधानमंत्री ने मनिला के
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific, Hindi

Commentary - Takeaways from Joint Exercises; Some Tangible Mostly Intangible

Lt Gen (Dr) V K Saxena (Retd), PVSM,AVSM,VSM, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
Indian armed forces continue to engage with a large number of friendly foreign counties for the conduct military exercises. Most of these are yearly or biannual events conducted alternatively in each other’s location. For instance, in our immediate
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Commentary - Modi's Manila Visit

Amb Satish Chandra, Member of Executive Committee and Advisory Council, VIF
As is the norm with the Prime Minister's visits abroad he did India proud during his recent three day visit to Manila. In an action packed agenda which inter alia comprised participation in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit, the 12th ASEA
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Commentary - What the Election Results Mean for Japan?

Prerna Gandhi, Research Associate, VIF
The Lower House Elections held in Japan on October 22 have given a resounding mandate to Prime Minister (PM) Shinzo Abe to remain in office till 2021. Abe, the third longest-serving PM of the post-war era is now on track to becoming (in November 2019
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Tillerson Visit: Need to Tone Down the Euphoria

Dr Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, VIF
New Delhi was euphoric over United States (US) Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson’s recent remarks on “defining our relationship with India for the next century” made at a Washington DC think tank on the eve of his Asia visit, a five-stop tour t
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Intensification of Indo Japanese Strategic Partnership

Maj Gen (Retd.) P K Chakravorty
Strategic Partnership Japan has been a great supporter of India from a long time. It played a substantive role in India’s freedom struggle by assisting freedom fighters in gaining India’s independence. It started with assistan
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific