War Against Daesh (ISIS) – An Assessment of Mosul Campaign

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, Senior Research Associate, VIF
After having crushed the concept of the Caliphate little over 90 years ago by Kemal Ataturk, the first president of the modern-day Turkey, a renewed effort was made by a newly-founded Sunni militant group, which, today, is known by the name Islamic S

A Renewed Indo-Iranian Security Cooperation in the Offing

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, Senior Research Associate, VIF
In what could be considered as a new fervour in the Indo-Iranian ties, both the countries are now likely to revive their military-security cooperation. This will add importance to the relationship which, for several years, has been based mostly on oi

क्या ईरान ने त्याग दिया है अपना परमाणु विकल्प?

Mayank Anand Purohit, Research Intern, VIF
वर्ष 2016 में ईरान का बाकी दुनिया के साथ राजनीतिक और आर्थिक दोनों तरीकों से पुनर्मिलन हुआ। जनवरी म

Has Iran given up its nuclear option?

Mayank Anand Purohit, Research Intern, VIF
The year 2016 has seen Iran re-integrate with the world, both politically and economically. This is enabled by the implementation of JCPOA (Joint comprehensive plan of action or the Nuclear Deal) in January. The nuclear sanctions over Iran were withd

Has Iran given up its nuclear option?

Mayank Anand Purohit, Research Intern, VIF
The year 2016 has seen Iran re-integrate with the world, both politically and economically. This is enabled by the implementation of JCPOA (Joint comprehensive plan of action or the Nuclear Deal) in January. The nuclear sanctions over Iran were withd

Operation Breaking Terrorism and the Implications

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, Senior Research Associate, VIF
In what is considered the biggest military assault against Daesh, the Iraqi army, with back up from the United States (US)-led air coalition and Iran-backed Shiite militias, recently began its operations to liberate Fallujah from this terror group. F

Two crucial victories for ISIS

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, Senior Research Associate, VIF
The recent unfolding of events in West Asia, where the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) militants captured two strategically and historically important places, has once again showed its intent to consolidate, control and expand its territories.

The 2015 Iranian Nuclear Deal: Concerns and Expectations

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, Senior Research Associate, VIF
The much-awaited nuclear breakthrough has happened again when Iran and the P5+1 countries comprising of the United States (US), Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) signed the “parameters” for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of A

India-Iran Relations: Prospects and Challenges

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, Senior Research Associate, VIF
India’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over the last few years have been marked by various hurdles. These pertained to the unresolved payment imbroglio for the import of Iranian crude oil; inability to streamline trade between the two

IS Growth Poses Threat to Several Countries

Alvite Singh Ningthoujam, Senior Research Associate, VIF
The menace which has been created by the Sunni militant group, Islamic State (IS) is likely to stay for some time to come. Despite the United States (US)-led coalition airstrikes to destroy the terror organisation , there has been no significant decl