Commentaries & Articles
Relevance of India's Nuclear Triad
It may be recalled that India's 1999 Draft Nuclear Doctrine had stated that its nuclear forces would be based on a triad of aircraft, mobile land-based missiles and sea-based assets. The summary of the official Nuclear Doctrine of 2003 also mentioned about maintaining a credible minimum deterrence, a posture of 'No First Use' and that any nuclear retaliation would be massive.
Moscow Regional Consultations on Afghanistan: Can India Play a Role?
On 9 November 2018, Moscow organised regional consultations on Afghanistan which were attended by the Taliban’s Qatar office and the representatives of the Afghan High Peace Council. This was the first time that the Taliban and the representatives of the Afghan government were brought together under the Moscow format of regional consultations. The consultations scheduled for September had to be cancelled because of serious objections from President Ghani who had insisted that any reconciliation should be Afghan-led.
Bangladesh Elections: Growing Influence of ‘Hefazat’
The announcement on October 26th at a party forum by Sheikh Hasina that the two foremost hard-line fundamentalist groups, viz. the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and the Hefazat-e-Islam(HeI), should be treated differently, was closely followed by the long delayed Election Commission notification on October 29th cancelling the registration of Jamaat as a political party.
Imran Khan’s China visit: China’s Deafening Silence on Financial Bailout
Imran Khan ’s much anticipated China visit took place from 2 to 5 November 2018 in the backdrop of Pakistan's desperate requirement of a financial bailout due to mounting balance of payment crisis, the rising concerns about the unsustainability of the costly projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and spectacular climb-down by the Pakistan Government before the fundamentalist protest against the judgement of the Supreme Court freeing Aasia Bibi charged in a blasphemy case.
West Asia Review, October, 2018
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) - Jamal Khashoggi Fiasco Saudi Arabia and its maverick Prince Mohammed Bin Salman called upon themselves the global criticism due to a botched up assassination of an insider-outsider critic in Khashoggi inside their Istanbul Consulate through the modus operandi and consequent conflicting statements on the issue.
Iran, US Sanctions and Oil
US oil and banking sanctions against Iran have gone into effect on 4th November. President Trump announced that these are toughest ever sanctions imposed by the US. The date is symbolic. It is the anniversary of the take over of US Embassy in Tehran by students in 1979.
SAMVAD Series of Conferences - India and Japan Find a Common Language on Shared Values
Prime Minister Modi’s official visit to Japan in October 2018 has greatly cemented the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership. The two countries are building a relationship on common values rooted in their ancient cultures. The Vision Statement of 29 Oct 2018 referred to history and common values as the factors propelling the bilateral relationship.
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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
September 26, 2018
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism (September 01 – 15, 2018)

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International Development
November 6, 2018
VIF News Digest: International Developments (29 Oct – 04 Nov 2018)

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

PAKISTAN Lashkari Raisani wants truth commission on missing persons issue: Dawn A senior leader of the Balochistan National...

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