Aakriti Vinayak is a Research Associate at Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. She has completed her Masters in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Bachelors in History from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She has also completed her MPhil from Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. Her research interests are primarily India's neighbourhood and China, Pakistani Politics, Soft power and cultural diplomacy. She has previously worked with Institute of Chinese Studies, Times of India and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

Contributions 
Afghanistan's Uncertain Future and Its Implications for China-Pakistan Relations The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will have a profound impact on Asian geopolitics and international relations at large. China-Pakistan relations are also undergoing steady change as both seek to maximise their influence, security and economic int...

An Uncertain Outlook for Pakistan’s Economy Pakistan is a country in which the economy has remained in a perpetual state of crisis. If we look at the track record of Pakistan, we see a problematic situation. Quite categorically we see from human development indicators like health and education...

Pakistan remains under the scrutiny of FATF Amidst the changing regional and geopolitical dynamics, Pakistan remains mired in complexities and uncertainties. It continues to remain under the scrutiny of the terror-financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and is under immense press...

Appalling state of Press Freedom in Pakistan A strained relationship exists between the media and state in Pakistan. Pakistan has gradually and systematically strengthened a tyrannical grip over freedom of expression1. More sophisticated and complex methods of silencing dissenting v...

Pakistan- An Uncertain Road Ahead 2020 was an unpredictable year. It was a year of everything and nothing! Covid-19 crisis turned the world upside down. There was a strange paranoia that gripped the world. It was catastrophic and exhausting, unsettling and unimaginable. However, for...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor of the Belt and Road Initiative Concept, Context and Assessment by Siegfried O. Wolf, Springer, Switzerland, 2020, £88, ISBN 978-3-030-16198 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative that was officially launched in April 2015, promised to be a game changer. The economic corridor that would link Kashgar in Xinjiang to Gwadar in...

Event Reports 
VIF Virtual Talk by H.E. Rahmatullah Nabil, former head of Afghanistan’s NDS The complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan before September 11 is turning out to be a complicated affair. Taliban is gaining a strong foothold in Afghanistan. It has not shown any seriousness in negotiations over intra-Afghan dialogue an...

Vimarsha: Panel Discussion ‘Indraprastha- A Capital Journey’ Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) held its monthly ‘Vimarsha’ lecture series on 14th October 2019, which was a panel discussion that focused on a very pertinent topic ‘Indraprastha-A Capital Journey’. The topic is highly relevant for...

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