Yatharth Kachiar is a Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation with a focus on the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. She has done Masters in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She also has a specialization in the West Asian region and has completed her MPhil and Ph.D. from the Center for West Asian Studies, JNU. For her M.Phil, she worked on "Democratization progress in Turkey under JDP, 2002-2013". Her doctoral thesis focused on "Soft power in Turkish foreign policy in West Asia and North Africa, 2002-2013." Her area of interest includes Indian Foreign Policy, West Asian Politics, India and the neighborhood, Foreign policy of Turkey, Israel, and Iran, Refugees, Human Rights, and International Security. Apart from contributing research articles on West Asia and Afghanistan, she has presented papers at various national and international conferences related to her area of study.

Contributions 
Afghanistan: What Lies Ahead in 2021? After a violence-ridden 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan is looking ahead at a more turbulent new year as the United States plans for a full troop withdrawal from the country by May 2021. The intra-Afghan dialogue that began in Doha in Se...

Afghanistan at an Inflection Point With stalled peace talks in Doha and raging violence in the country, Afghanistan is yet again at an inflection point. The critical question is: whether the Afghans and the international community will be able to find a sustainable and peaceful solut...

पाकिस्तान का लोकतांत्रिक प्रारंभ? पाकिस्तान के विरोधी दलों ने पाकिस्तान लोकतांत्रिक आंदोलन (पीडीएम) के बैनर तले इमरान खान सरकार ...

Pakistan’s Democratic Opening? Pakistan’s opposition parties under the banner of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) have unleashed a direct attack on Imran Khan Government and its military backers. After two rallies in Gujranwala and Karachi by PDM, Pakistan’s hybrid regime is...

How Turkey Succumbed to China on the Uighur issue? “We have kin in every corner in the world. From the Balkans to Central Asia, from Crimea to North Africa. All incidents, which take place in every single region, directly concern us. So claims about China’s pressure on our siblings in the Xinj...

Occasional Papers 
Battleground Idlib: Russia and Turkey’s Interests amidst the COVID-19 crisis The civil war in Syria similar to the continuing conflicts in Yemen and Libya has its roots in the 2011 Arab spring protests. The protracted conflict between President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces and a fragmented opposition has been diffused by Russia...

Women’s Rights in Afghanistan: A Long Struggle Ahead … there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women, no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended .. international community must continue to provide the n...

Issue Briefs 
Decoding the Turkey-Pakistan alliance Over the years, Turkey-Pakistan relations have stood the precarious nature of global politics as well as the turbulence of their domestic politics. Since its creation in 1947, Pakistan has received uncritical support of Turkey irrespective of who is ...

Event Reports 
RISS-VIF Dialogue on Afghanistan The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS), Moscow, hosted Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) at Moscow on 24-25 September 2019, for a two-day Round Table Conference (RTD) on ‘Afghanistan Crisis and the Problems of its Settlement: P...

Outreach 
Why is Turkey wooing Bangladesh? Published in The Financial Express on 6th January 2021....

Russian supremacy and elusive peace in Nagorno-Karabakh Published in Madras Courier on 23 November 2020....

Pak Army retains influence in Pakistan Democratic Movement Published in Sunday Guardian Live on 21 November 2020....

Pakistan cracks down on Opposition amidst foreign policy woes Published in Sunday Guardian Live on 13th September 2020....

President Erdogan-led Turkey in troubled waters Publisahed in Financial Express on 9th September 2020....

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