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 
Recent Developments Add to Instability in Pakistan Juxtapositions and complexities rather than a neat straight line mark the trajectory of Pakistan’s politics. Pakistan is in a state of crisis. On almost all fronts whether it is politics, economy, security and foreign policy the country is in dee...

Uncertain Future of Women Rights in Afghanistan The world is in a state of flux. Ukraine crisis is triggering cascading risks globally. However, while the world attention is diverted to the Ukraine conflict, the crisis in Afghanistan remains sidelined. The country faces confluence of multiple cri...

Pakistan in Flux- A bleak future ahead “Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose” which means, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The quote poignantly underscores the precarious situation of Pakistan, as it teeters from one to crisis to another. Every year the trou...

Afghanistan Mired in Uncertainty Taliban after illegitmately wresting power in Afghanistan has entered its fourth month. However the country remains in chaos and at the edge of abyss. United Nations(UN) has warned that Afghanistan is on countdown to catasrophe and it is at the brin...

Single National Curriculum in Pakistan- a Recipe for Disaster? Education is considered to be a potent force that paves the way for political, social and economic development of any country. A viable education system enables the nation to achieve its national goals and is a key indicator of progress and prosperit...

VIF Papers 
South Asian Response to Ukraine Crisis: Political, Economic and Humanitarian Implications The Russian “special military operation” launched against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, has impacted countries worldwide. While the global powers are busy in either extending support or condemning Russia in their respective ways, the fundamental ...

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 
Visit of Third Batch Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme of ICCR to VIF The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) organized the visit of the third batch of Gen-Next Democracy Network Programme. The delegates visited the Vivekananda International Foundation on July 21, 2022 for a roundtable discussion/lecture on di...

VIF-Sichuan University Dialogue On 13 January 2022, VIF held a virtual interaction with scholars from Sichuan University. The speakers were Amb. Anil Wadhwa (retd), Amb Gautam Mukhopadhaya (retd) and Mr. Pranav Kumar from the Indian side. Prof. Liu Siwei, Prof. Zhang Li, Prof. Yang...

VIF Panel Discussion on Unfolding Developments in Afghanistan and its Implications for the Region The key speakers in the session were Dr. Arvind Gupta, Major ASM Shamsul Arefin (Retd.), Lt General R K Sawhney (Ret.), Ambassador Jayant Prasad, Ambassador Satish Chandra, Dr. Sreeradha Datta, Ambassador Shamsher M. Chowdhury and Ambassador M. Hu...

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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