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2019 Japan-South Korea Tensions: Why the ‘Past’ took Precedence over the ‘Future’?
Since late last year, East Asia has been uneasy with wariness over the growing tensions between South Korea and Japan. Though, historical legacies and war memories of Imperial Japan continue to emerge as recurrent factors in the regional politics, they have not interfered with its economic or security interfaces. The region has come a long way since the end of World War II, and emerged as world’s de-facto largest economic bloc without formal economic integration.
Deadlock in Afghanistan
In a dramatic turn of events, the US President announced in a tweet on September 7 that he has called-off the secret meeting with the Taliban leaders at Camp David, and ended the peace talks with the armed group.1 Further, keeping alive the whimsicality of his administration, President Trump fired John Bolton, his National Security Advisor (NSA), who was also a prominent voice within the Trump administration against any deal with the Taliban.2 While citing the reason for the cancellation of talks, President Trump tweeted “in order to build false leverage, they (the Taliba
Visit of Indian Prime Minister to Vladivostok
Indian Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi, visited Vladivostok in Far East of Russia for two days; 04-05 Sep 2019. The PM had two main agenda points: First, to attend 20th Summit Level talk with the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin; and second, as the Chief Guest of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum. During his visit, 15 agreements/MoU were signed. The im-portant ones were as follows:-
Inner-Party Differences on Hong Kong Issue Pose Problems for Xi Jinping
China’s leadership will have been incensed by the photographs and videos of protestors in Hong Kong carrying American flags and chanting “America please take over Hong Kong” on September 9, in apparent escalation of the protests against Chinese rule by millions of Hong Kong residents that have continued over fifteen weekends in the adverse glare of international media publicity. It would have underscored the concerns of senior and veteran leaders at the annual gathering in Beidaihe of a ‘colour revolution’.
Boris Johnson and the Irish Backstop: Obduracy will only Work against the British and Irish Peoples` Interests
Britain is in a political crisis situation. Conservative Party premier, Boris Johnson has threatened to leave the European Union (EU) without a re-negotiated deal on Britain`s withdrawal arrangements with that multilateral body. The withdrawal arrangements negotiated by former premier Teresa May with EU were not ratified by Britain`s House of Commons (Lower House of Parliament), despite repeated attempts by her government. The EU has also made it clear that further re-negotiation on the deal is not possible. As of now the date for Britain`s withdrawal from the EU is 31st October, 2019.
Mongolia’s Buddhist Diplomacy and India’s Union of Religious and Foreign Policy
The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), along with Indian, Japanese, and Mongolian partners, hosted its third Samvad (which, in Hindi, means “dialogue”) conference in Ulaanbaatar over last Friday and the weekend. As reported in BDG’s news article on the conclave, Mongolian political and religious leaders took this event very seriously.
What the US-Led Naval Buildup in the Persian Gulf Tells Us!
Australia has joined the United States of America (US) led maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf. It is one of the three countries to have become part of the mission, the other two being the United Kingdom (UK) and Bahrain. All three countries have joined the mission this month in August. Israel has also expressed its willingness to support the mission. However, this has been met with fierce opposition from Iran and some Arab states. Currently, Israel is collaborating with the US led naval mission in sharing intelligence and is not expected to send ships to the region.
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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
September 4, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism, 16-31 August, 2019

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September 5, 2019
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September 18, 2019
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: September 18, 2019

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