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Interaction with Mr. Joseph M. Cohen, National Security Advisor of Israel

On October 22, 2014 Members of VIF faculty interacted with an Israeli delegation led by Dr. Joseph Cohen. He was accompanied by Israel’s ambassador to India H.E. Daniel Carmon.

Interaction with Chinese Communist Party Delegation

A six-member Chinese delegation from the International Department, Communist Party of China, led by Dr. Lu Jianzhang, Deputy DG of Research Office, interacted with VIF faculty on, 20th of October, 2014.

Interaction with Japan’s Former Deputy Minster of Foreign Affairs

The VIF hosted Mr. Hitoshi Tanaka, Japan’s former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and currently Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan's Research Institute,

Interaction with Taiwanese Strategist Dr. Francis Yi-Hua Kan

In an informal interaction with the VIF’s faculty, held on 15 Oct 2014, Dr. Francis Yi-Hua Kan, former Senior Advisor to the National Security Council, Republic of China, discussed Indo-Taiwan

Interaction with H.E. Alexander Kadakin, Russia’s Ambassador to India

Russia's Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin was invited to VIF on 14 Oct, 2014 for an interaction with a select group of strategic experts to discuss the ‘Indo-Russian Relations and the Way Forward’.

The Rise of the Islamic Caliphate: New Threat to Stability in West Asia

New Crisis: Barbarians on the March

After having overrun Mosul and Tikrit in June 2014, the virulently radical Sunni militants of the new "caliphate" headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so-called Islamic State, appear to be gradually

Enhancing Strategic Partnership with Vietnam

Introduction

India and Vietnam share a close bonding since the Geneva Accords of 1954 which brought about an end to the First Indochina War. India has been an impartial member of the International Military Commission

Need to Define Smart City Before Jumping Headlong

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will set up 100 Smart Cities in the near future. Many arguments are offered in favour of smart cities, one

War on Terrorism – Role for 'Modi-fied' India

The horrific video clips showing masked killers from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killing hordes of unarmed civilians and beheading humans have shocked but convinced the civilised

India-US Ties: Opportunities and Challenges

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US was undoubtedly a great personal success. President Barack Obama, following the personal gestures made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Modi

India-US Relations – the Road Ahead

The recently held Modi-Obama summit has been subjected to varied assessments both in India and the United States. Official communiqués describe the meeting as “extraordinarily successful,”

Afghanistan: Political Compromise, Security Challenge and Economic Constraint

After a keenly contested Presidential election, the result of which came under a serious cloud when Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmedzai surprised the odds-on favourite Dr Abdullah Abdullah by crossing

India in the Asia-Pacific under New Management

It has been a busy September for India’s external relations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has travelled to Japan, and has welcomed the Australian Prime Minister and the Chinese

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