Syria: The Russians are leaving, or are they?

Lt General S A Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM (Bar), VSM (Bar), Visiting Fellow, VIF
Russian President Putin’s decision to pull out his military resources from Syria has been received with much skepticism and analysts are pulling out all the stops to examine the decision from every angle. Till late the Russian Air Force was using i

The Ukraine Crisis and The Challenges Ahead

Dr Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, VIF
A ceasefire deal to end the fighting in Eastern Ukraine was reached in Minsk after a marathon session of negotiations running into almost seventeen hours amongst the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. This seeks to end a year of bitter f

India and Russia: Putin Visit to Boost Ties

Dr Nivedita Das Kundu
The India-Russia Strategic partnership was formed in the year 2000. Russia was the first country with whom India established a strategic partnership and in the year 2010 during the 11th Summit, India and Russia elevated their relationship to a “Spe

India Must Choose the Right Strategic Partner

Mohan Kumar S
Current Scenario It has been rightly stated that, as a nation we can change our friends, but not our neighbours. We have been destined to live in the most dangerous part of the world with two nuclear armed countries, China and Pakistan in o

Ukraine Crisis: The Chinese Stand and Lessons for India

Monish Gulati
Introduction As the conflict in Ukraine refuses to abate, it continues to raise fears of triggering yet another confrontation between the Cold War era adversaries – the US and Russia - in a geopolitical tussle for dominance in Europe. The

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

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
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

The Stakes in Ukraine

Amb Prabhat P Shukla, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
As the situation in Ukraine deteriorates, foreign powers are getting overtly involved. Russian forces are already deployed in the Crimea, and there is the live danger that they will also enter eastern Ukraine. It is important to try and understand wh

Prime Minister’s Visit to Russia and China: New Equations in a Fast Changing Global Order

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s back to back visits to Russia and China from October 20 to 24 reflect the evolution of India’s external relations in a world with shifting power balances and the challenges faced in consolidating relations with tri

President Putin in India

Amb Prabhat P Shukla, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
The thirteenth Indo-Russian Summit was a fleeting affair, with President Putin spending less than twenty-four hours in Delhi. It came as the stakes in the extended neighbourhood are growing higher – Afghanistan, Iran, and the broader West Asian reg

Still Comrades after all these years

Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF
Russia was the first country with which India established a strategic partnership in 2000 when Vladimir Putin became President and reversed the drift in ties under Boris Yeltsin when Moscow veered westwards and lost interest in its Soviet-era friends