Commentaries & Articles
A Befitting State Funeral for Abe but Fresh Challenges Confront Kishida
September 27, 2022 marked an important day in Japan’s history as Japan organised a state funeral to the slain former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo. It may be recalled that Japan’s longest-servicing leader in post-war Japan was assassinated by 42-year old Tetsuya Yamagami with scrappy hand-made gun during a campaign on 8 July in Nara. It transpired soon that Yamagami was perturbed with Abe’s perceived involvement with the Unification Church. Yamagami believed that his mother made a donation of over 100 million yen driving him into penury.
The Russia-Ukraine War 2022: A Point of No Return?
On 24 February 2022, President Vladimir Putin announced ‘special military operation,’ the beginning of land, sea, and air offensive against Ukraine. The Western Pundits had forecast that the war under the onslaught of Russian famed military and technological prowess will be short, swift and lethal, forcing Ukraine to capitulate even in 48 hours! The war is a messy one, and its outcome, irrespective of the force asymmetry, cannot be guaranteed.
Russia Africa Relations
In this episode of VIF podcast, Steven Gruzd from the South African Institute of International Affairs discusses with Samir Bhattacharya, Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation on the current contours of Russia-Africa relations, tracing the past experiences, new expectations and perceptions. There is a strong historical connection between Russia and Africa throughout the Cold War, when these two continents came close for the first time. Despite the temporary rupture in the relations, Russia seems to be back in the continent, particularly since the 2019 Sochi summit.
Energy: A New Dimension in India-Nepal Relations
Nepal’s Energy Export to India
Recently, the Nepal Electricity Authority said in a statement that in the last four months, Nepal exported electricity worth US$ 56 million to India, estimated to reach the US $ 234 million in December 2022.
PM Modi’s Visit to Samarkand
Prime Minister Modi visited Samarkand to take part in the 22nd Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on 15-16th September 2022. He also had bilateral meetings with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev President Putin of Russia, President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey. The meeting came against the background of the continuing war in Ukraine and tensions in the Taiwan Strait.
प्रधानमंत्री शेख हसीना की भारत यात्रा
सितंबर 2022 में बांग्लादेश प्रधानमंत्री शेख हसीना की भारत की राजकीय यात्रा इस क्षेत्र से भारत के सबसे महत्वपूर्ण संबंधों में से एक को प्रतिबिंबित करती है।
Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border Clash: An Analysis
Background
On September 14, border guards from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan exchanged fire at a disputed border section. The violent confrontation escalated and lasted for two days, with drones, tanks, aircraft, and exchange of rocket fire. In the bloodiest violence in years, at least 94 people were killed, and more than 100 were injured. Around 137,000 people have been evacuated from the disputed section of the border in Kyrgyzstan’s Batken and Osh regions due to the violence.
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