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Round Table Discussion on “India’s Indian Ocean Strategy”

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) recently convened a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on ‘India’s Indian Ocean Strategy’. The discussion was intended to examine the steps that India needs to take, to construct

Visit of Delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), UK

An eighteen-member delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), led by Major General Simon Leslie Peters, visited the VIF on 08 Jun, 2016 for an interaction that focused, among other things, on India’s foreign policy imperatives amidst the rise in multispectral threat scenario across the region and beyond.

Seminar on India-China Maritime Cooperation

The VIF organised a Seminar on ‘India-China Maritime Cooperation’ in collaboration with a few Chinese think tanks namely, Naval Research Institute of PLAN, the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) and the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy Of Social Sciences (CASS) on 16 and 17 May 2016.

Interaction with a Taiwanese Delegation

In the second presentation, Mr.I chung Lai made a broad assessment of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, a policy priority for the President-elect as enunciated in her victory speech in January 2016. The said policy puts emphasis on greater engagement with countries in Southeast Asia, including India.

A Round Table Discussion with Keith Webster, Head of International Cooperation (the Pentagon) on DTTI

In continuation of a dialogue on DTTI (Defence Trade and Technology Initiative) with the U.S. trade representative Keith Webster, held at the Vivekananda International Foundation on 5 May 2016, substantive discussions were held on three key aspects of the emerging dynamic

Visit by a Nepalese Delegation

A five-member delegation from Nepal, led by Abdul Razzak, Member of Parliament (Nepali Congress Party) and comprising Dr Jagat Bahadur Pathak, Dr C B Pun, Gopi Prasad and Hira KC as members of the delegation

म्‍यांमार में सत्‍ता परिवर्तन और भारत-म्‍यांमार संबंध

म्‍यांमार में नेशनल लीग फॉर डेमोक्रेसी के राष्‍ट्रपति तिन जॉ के नेतृत्‍व वाली नई सरकार, जिसकी कमान असल में आंग सान सू ची के हाथ में है, को सत्‍ता में आए दो महीने पूरे हो गए। वर्तमान म्‍यांमार सरकार के सामने देश में और पड़ोसियों तथा अन्‍य प्रमुख शक्तियों के साथ विकसित होते संबंधों में कई बड़ी चुनौतियां हैं।

No Going Back from Federal System in Nepal

The Madhesh movement that started in June 2015 against the 16-point deal to draft Nepal’s new constitution on “fast track” approach is continuing unabated till today. Amidst most fierce opposition to the constitution

Orlando Massacre: Another Wake-Up Call

The brutal attack on a gay nightclub—Pulse—in Orlando in the early hour of 12 June shocked not only the United States (US) but also the international community which is grappling with the rising phenomenon of lone wolf attacks.

चाबहार – रणनीतिक प्रतिद्वंद्विता से अफगानिस्तान का फायदा

ईरान और अफगानिस्तान तथा उसके भी आगे मध्य एशिया तक व्यापारिक मार्ग तैयार करने का भारत का प्रयास पूरा होने ही वाला है क्योंकि अप्रैल, 2016 में इन देशों के मध्य हुई वार्ता के बाद जिन तकनीकी दलों पर सहमति बनी थी, उन्हें अंतिम रूप दे दिया गया है।

Fixing India’s School Education System

The recent Bihar State education board scandal that gripped the nation’s attention and shook its conscience, has no doubt exposed the State’s pathetic education ecosystem. It has showed up the system’s underbelly where marks at board examinations

Has Iran given up its nuclear option?

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.

Sri Lanka’s New Constitution - a Politico- Legal Challenge

In accordance with the electoral promises made by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government relating to the abolition of the executive Presidency, electoral reforms; transparency and accountability in governance and finding a political solution to ethnic

दक्षिण चीन सागर में अपने हित सुरक्षित रखने के लिए वियतनाम की लचीली विदेश एवं सुरक्षा नीतियां

आसियान देशों के साथ ‘दक्षिण चीन सागर में पक्षों के आचरण संबंधी घोषणापत्र’ पर हस्ताक्षर करने के करीब 14 वर्ष बाद दक्षिण चीन सागर के मुद्दे पर चीन का रुख लगातार सक्रियता भरा एवं अड़ियल होता जा गया है, हालांकि इस बीच उसने अक्टूबर 2003 में दक्षिण पूर्व एशिया में मैत्री तथा सहयोग की संधि पर भी हस्ताक्षर किए।

Sri Lanka: The Unfinished Part of the Eelam War

While many are optimistic about the Maithripala Sirisena government’s ability to make progress on reconciliation, some systemic issues need to be addressed which not only demands political will, but also requires cooperation from diaspora, civil society and all sections of Lankan society.

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