Commentaries & Articles
Burkina Faso to Indonesia : ‘Glocal’ Jihad of Brand ISIS
It’s not just the spread of capital, goods and services which go in tandem with globalisation. The spread of terror is also a part of multifarious activities that globalisation proliferates. Information is one instrument which facilitates dissemination of the ideology and social media platform through the internet.
A Mandate for Governance
Against all the odds, the BJP bettered it's 2014 record by winning over 300 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The opposition parties, who ran a highly negative anti-Modi campaign, are in disarray. The mandate of the people for Modi and the BJP is for governance, transcending caste and creed, religions and ethnicities. It is a mandate for inclusive development and building a strong India.
Algeria - Hankering for Democracy
It seems that time for long imposed dictatorships is on the decline. This is more so in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region where consequent to public protests and virulent demonstrations the well-entrenched strongmen had to submit and exit.
The Sri Lanka Attacks and the Threat Within
The Easter Sunday carnage in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people1 last month caught many by surprise2. The island nation had been enjoying a period of relative peace and stability since the civil war came to an end with the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers a decade ago.
Pakistan: the IMF Bailout Agreed, the Hard Part Begins Now
The IMF and the government of Pakistan have agreed on a structural adjustment program of USD 6 billion for three years to stabilise Pakistan’s crisis ridden economy. This will be the 13th such IMF package since 1988. The agreement was reached after months of tough negotiations. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) board is expected to approve the loan agreement in July 2019.
Chinese Companies Marching to Lead in Digital Economy
Byte-Dance, a Chinese company, is one of the most valued start-ups at $75 billion with investors that include Soft-Bank. It is reported to have been funded in its latest round by Soft-Bank, KKR & Co, and General Atlantic to the tune of $1.5 billion.
Sabotage Acts outside the Port of Fujairah – Implications for India
On the morning of the 12th of May 2019, commercial ships were attacked outside the port of Fujairah in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reports of the incident first emerged in pro-Iranian media outlets in the region. They initially claimed that there were blasts in the Fujairah port which had damaged numerous ships. The port authorities denied the incident but later admitted that four ships were attacked by sabotage operations outside the port. The incident happened within the territorial waters of the UAE.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
May 23, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies & Terrorism, 1-15 May, 2019

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International Development
May 23, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (Africa), 13–19 May, 2019

UN Security Council to discuss Cameroon's escalating crisis: VOA, 13 May 2019 The United Nations Security Council this...

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Neighbourhood News
May 24, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: May 24, 2019

PAKISTAN India cautioned not to change status of Kashmir: Dawn May 24, 2019 The Foreign Office on Thursday cautioned India...

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