Avantika Menon has completed her M.Phil. in Security Studies at the School of National Security Studies, Central University of Gujarat. Her M.Phil. Dissertation was titled, ‘The Indo-Pacific Regional Security Order: India’s Perspective’. Her dissertation was an attempt towards understanding the security order in the Indo-Pacific Region (IPR), with a central focus on India’s strategic interests and engagement with other major powers in the region. She is passionate about research in the maritime domain and her research interests include- geopolitics, maritime security and the regional security architecture in the IPR, the Quad and China’s naval activities in the Indian Ocean Region. She has a graduate degree in Politics and International Relations and an undergraduate degree in Economics (Hons.).

Contributions 
Report of VIF Strategic Discussions on the Ukraine Conflict At the crack of dawn on 24 February 2022, President Putin announced a special ‘military operation’ in the Donbas region of Ukraine. A large number of tanks and troops rolled into several parts of Ukraine from Russia, Crimea and Belarus while w...

Tackling Vaccine Inequity: Quad’s Role in the Global Vaccine Supply Chains The Covid-19 pandemic which reared its ugly head in the Wuhan province of China in December 2019 was quick to wreak havoc across the globe in the mere matter of a few months. In the current global realities a newly emergent virus isn’t necessarily ...

VIF Briefs 
Space 2.0: Prospects for Quad Collaboration It has been 64 years since the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 that officially marked the dawn of humanity’s ever-growing fascination with exploring the vast reaches of outer space. From launching manned missions, orbi...

Resilient Rare-Earth Supply Chains: Whither Quad? The ubiquitous iPhone is perhaps the most commonly cited example used to showcase the globalized nature of supply chains. Starting from its design process in California, US, the complex supply chain for its production and assembly spans 43 countries ...

Event Reports 
Strategic Discussion | Review of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict The VIF organized a Strategic Discussion on the Review of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict on 25 March 2022 via hybrid-mode, with some participants joining in via web conferencing while the others attended the discussion physically at the VIF. The discuss...

Strategic Discussion | Reviewing the Ukraine Crisis Well over fifteen days into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the VIF strategic discussions group convened on 15 March 2022 to review the ongoing developments and to deliberate on the future trajectories of the evolving geopolitical situation. The dis...

Strategic Discussion| Global and Regional Implications of the Ukraine Crisis The VIF convened a timely, two-part virtual strategic discussion on 24 February 2022 with a follow-up session on 3 March 2022 in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The discussion was focussed on assessing the Global and Regional Implicat...

Quad Plus Dialogue The latest iteration of the long standing Quad Plus Dialogue was hosted virtually by the Vivekananda International Foundation on 14 February 2022. Participating think-tanks representing the other Quad partners included the Heritage Foundation, USA; t...

Briefing by RIAC for VIF Experts on the Developments in Ukraine The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) organized a briefing for experts at the Vivekananda International Foundation on the recent developments in Russia-West Relations and the escalating situation in and around Ukraine. The welcoming remark...

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