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Blue vs Green: An Analysis of the Mid-Term Elections in Taiwan
On 24 November 2018, the ‘nine-in–one’ local government and mid-term elections were held in Taiwan. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost seven out of the 13 cities and counties, including two special municipalities; Taichung and Kaohsiung. The party has now majority only in six cities and counties. Taipei city went to an independent candidate. On the other hand, Kuomintang party (KMT) got 15 cities and counties, including three municipalities.
West Asia Roundup, November 2018
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi finally became the Head of Government in a fledgling Iraqi political and security scenario. Despite some consensus between the two largest parliamentary coalitions and blessings of their respective western and regional benefactors he found it difficult to form the Cabinet due to competing claims.
Amritsar Grenade Attack – Stoking ‘Khalistan’ Disturbance?
The holy city of Amritsar was shaken by a grenade attack by two masked men who brandished pistols and forced their way into a weekly congregation of the Nirankari Sect and lobbed grenades into the prayer hall of the Nirankari Bhavan of Adliwal village of Amritsar on November 18, 2018 (India Today News 1980). In this attack, three people were killed and 21 people are injured (Rana 2018).
India’s Nuclear Triad is now Fully Operational
With a sense of pride, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in early-November 2018 that INS Arihant, India’s indigenously designed and built nuclear-powered submarine, ship sub-surface ballistic nuclear (SSBN), armed with nuclear-tipped submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), had successfully completed its first ‘deterrence patrol’ or operational mission.
भारत की परमाणु तिकड़ी की प्रासंगिकता
शायद याद हो कि भारत की 1999 की परमाणु नीति के मसौदे में स्पष्ट कहा गया था कि इसकी परमाणु ताकतें विमानों, भूमि आधारित गतिशील मिसाइलों एवं समुद्र में स्थित प्रतिष्ठानों की तिकड़ी पर आधारित होंगी। 2003 की आधिकारिक परमाणु नीति में भी हमलों को टालने की भरोसेमंद न्यूनतम क्षमता रखने, ‘पहले प्रयोग नहीं करने’ का रुख बनाए रखने की बात कही गई थी और यह भी कहा गया कि जवाबी परमाणु कार्रवाई भारी स्तर पर होगी।
ईरान, अमेरिकी प्रतिबंध और तेल
ईरान पर अमेरिका के तेल और बैंकिंग प्रतिबंध 4 नवंबर से प्रभावी हो गए। राष्ट्रपति ट्रंप ने कहा है कि ये अमेरिका द्वारा लगाए गए अभी तक के सबसे सख्त प्रतिबंध हैं। इस तारीख का भी अपना प्रतीकात्मक महत्व है। वर्ष 1979 में इसी तारीख को तेहरान में छात्रों ने अमेरिकी दूतावास पर कब्जा कर लिया था।
India’s Act East Policy and Chinese Perceptions
Last month, a multi-think tank delegation visited China to interact with Chinese think tanks on the current state of India-China relations and the way forward. Among many other issues the Chinese experts and scholars were very keen to discuss and analyze India’s Act East Policy.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
December 4, 2018
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism (November 01 – 30, 2018)

Contents DEFENCE: Consultative Committee for Ministry of Defence Reviews Operational Preparedness of Indian Coast Guard...

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International Development
December 12, 2018
VIF News Digest: International Developments (24-30 Nov 2018)

USA Trump's trade war: Stakes are high at G20 summit 30 Nov 2018 Hopes that the meeting could open the way for a deal over...

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Neighbourhood News
December 12, 2018
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: 12th December, 2018

PAKISTAN Pakistan rejects 'politically motivated' listing as violator of religious freedoms by US: Dawn December 12, 2018 As...

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