Dr. Pravesh Kumar Gupta is a research Assistant at Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF). Previously, he has worked as a Young Professional at VIF from September 2018 to March 2019. He has a doctoral degree in Central Asian Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His PhD. Topic was Tajikistan-Pakistan Relations, 1991-2014. His primary interests of research are society and politics of Central Asian Republics, geopolitics of Central and South Asia, Energy Security and trans-regional energy linkages between Central and South Asia.

Contributions 
Trends in Central Asia in 2019 In 2019, a major highlight of political trends in Central Asia was the steady development of intraregional relations, driven primarily by Uzbek President Shawkat Mirziyoyev’s neighbourhood-first initiative. There were several other socio-economic ...

‘Second Consultative Meeting’ of Central Asian Leaders in Tashkent: A Significant Feature of Regional Integration in Central Asia Background Uzbek President Shawkat Mirziyoyev’s efforts of re-channeling the regional cooperation among the Central Asian states seems to be fructifying lately. Since assuming power in December 2016, he garnered greater ambitions of get...

किर्गिज़स्तान में जारी सियासी उठापटक : कौन है इसका जवाबदेह? मध्य एशिया में बसा किर्गिज़स्तान एक छोटा-सा गणराज्य है। यह सोवियत संघ के 1991 में ऐतिहासिक विघटन ह...

Islamic State’s Attack on Border Outpost in Tajikistan In the night of 6 November 2019, a deadly attack on a Tajik outpost near to Uzbekistan’s border took place. According to the Tajik authorities, the clash between the attackers and security forces claimed 17 lives. Tajik authorities also claimed tha...

US-Iran Conflict and its Impact on Central Asia: An Assessment The Central Asian Republics (CARs) and The Islamic Republic of Iran have followed a mutual policy of increased political and economic cooperation in recent times, which is primarily based on age-old ethnocultural and historical ties between the two r...

Issue Briefs 
India-Tajikistan Relations: The Security Factor India and Tajikistan share great historical and cultural relations. Tajikistan was a part of Kushana and Persian Empires which had close cultural linkages with the Indian subcontinent. During the Islamic rule in India, Persian language and Sufism fro...

Event Reports 
Interaction with the Visiting Delegation from Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies (ISRS) of Uzbekistan On 13 November 2019, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosted an interaction with a visiting Delegation from ISRS, Uzbekistan, led by Mr. F. Djuraev, Head of Department ISRS. The Delegation also included Mrs. D. Mamatkulova, leading rese...

Talk on ‘Indian Impact on Chinese Art’ by Dr. Shashi Bala The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a lecture by Dr. Shashibala, Dean at the Centre of Indology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, the topic being, ‘Indian Impact on Chinese Art’. Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF, chaired the ...

Talk on ‘Cave Temples in China’, by Dr. Shashi Bala, Dean, Centre for Indology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a lecture by Dr. Shashibala, Dean at the Centre of Indology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. The topic of the lecture was ‘Cave Temples in China’. Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF chaired the ...

Talk on Buddhist Monasteries and Temples in Ancient Capitals of China The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a lecture by Dr. Shashibala, Dean at the Centre of Indology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. The topic of the lecture was ‘Buddhist Monasteries and Temples in Ancient Capitals of China. Dr....

Outreach 
Pashtunistan Factor in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations Published in Journal of Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Vol. 23 No. 3-4, July -December 2019. Pages: 96-123....

UAE-India Trade and Economic Relations Published in Diplomacy and Beyond Plus Magazine, December 2019...

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