Dr Sweta Kumari is an Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. She holds a PhD in US Studies Programme from the School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The topic of her research was “Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches in the US Healthcare System, 1999-2020”. She completed her M.Phil. in 2018 working on Yogic thought and practices in the United States. She takes interest in writing articles and web commentaries on Indian Foreign Policy, US Foreign Policy, Indo-US Strategic Relations, Indo-Pacific Region, Space, Yoga, Complementary and Integrative Health and other IR related issues. Some of her publications include: Representation of Indian Spirituality in The United States: Contributions of Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda; Integrative Approach towards Health Security: Prospects for India and its Neighbours; Finding Gravity in Space: Imperatives and Challenges for India’s Defence Capabilities in Outer Space; U.S. Presidential Election 2020 Outcome: Ongoing Chaos and Predicaments, COVID- 19 Outbreak: A Time for the US to Introspect its Healthcare System; “2+2” Part 2: Another Landmark in India-US Strategic Relations; Indo- Pacific Oceans Initiative: India’s Outlook in the Region; The Anti-Access Area Denial (A2/AD) Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific Region; The US Defense Posture in the Asia- Pacific Region from Obama to Trump Administration and Present Debates on Rhetoric, Reassurance, Reliability, and Reality; Un-organizing the “Organized”: Drug Trafficking in the Indo- Pacific Region as a Non-Traditional Security Threat.

Contributions 
President Biden’s Impeachment Inquiry: Background and Implications (Disquiet & Polarisation in US Politics: Part 1) The current developments in the United States are demonstrative of the deepening partisan and retributive politics within the country in the last few years. Most of the chaos revolves aroun...

Sohrai Painting: Ancient Tribal Art of Jharkhand gaining Popularity The Sohrai Paintings, an indigenous mural art found near the Hazaribagh region of Jharkhand, have attracted attention nationally and internationally in recent years. These paintings have beautiful motifs depicting geometric shapes, animals, flowers, ...

"Work in Progress": Visits from Washington to Beijing The US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has made a trip to China. Prior to her, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was on a two-day visit to Beijing on June 18-19 and met President Xi Jinping. These high-level delegations are an effort by Washington t...

50 Years of Diplomatic Ties: Convergence and Challenges in India-South Korea Relations The year 2023 marks 50 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between India and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The Korean Embassy in New Delhi made a spectacular display of growing people-to-people ties between the two countries o...

Yudh Abhyas 22: Another Step Further in Deepening Indo-US Strategic Ties Yudh Abhyas, a joint military exercise, held between the Indian Army and the US Army is one of the critical aspects of the defence cooperation between the two countries. This exercise takes place at the Battalion level with its joint planning at th...

Event Reports 
US Experts Group Meeting on Actions, Counter-actions and Reconciliation: Trends in US-China Economic Relations The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a discussion on “Actions, Counter-actions and Reconciliation: Trends in US-China Economic Relations” on July 19, 2023 (Wednesday). Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF, gave the opening r...

Indo-Pacific Experts Group Meeting on Surmounting Tensions over Taiwan: Implications and Options for India The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a discussion on “Surmounting Tensions over Taiwan: Implications and Options for India” on July 19, 2023 (Wednesday). Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF, gave the opening remarks and Amb...

US Experts Group Meeting on Prime Minister Modi’s State Visit to the United States: Way Ahead in India-US Partnership The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a discussion on “Prime Minister Modi’s State Visit to the United States: Way Ahead in India-US Partnership” on 26 June, 2023. Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF, gave the opening rem...

Discussion on Strategic Outcomes and Lessons Learnt from the Shangri-La Dialogue for the Region and India The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a discussion on "Strategic Outcomes and Lessons Learnt from the Shangri-La Dialogue for the Region and India” on 26 June 2023. Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF, Chaired the session and...

Trilateral Dialogue on India-Japan-South Korea: Promoting Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the Indo-Pacific Region The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a virtual India-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Dialogue on the topic “India-Japan-South Korea: Promoting Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the Indo-Pacific Region” on June 15, 2023. T...

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Trends in US-China engagement Published in Hindustan Times on 9th November 2023....

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