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: Peace deal and deepening political crisis President Trump’s upcoming visit to India and the rapidly progressing peace talks between the US and the Taliban gives yet another opportunity for the policymakers in India to use their ingenuity in order to secure a place for itself in a post-Amer...

Year Review: Pakistan in 2019 The year 2019 brought optimism as well as trials for Pakistan in equal measure. In 2019, Pakistan under Prime Minister Imran Khan was occupied in confronting numerable challenges at the domestic as well as international levels. At the domestic front,...

2019: A Year of Missed Opportunities for Afghanistan The year 2019 ended for Afghanistan on a more chaotic and disappointing note because of two major reasons: a) failure in achieving any major breakthrough in the ongoing peace process with the Taliban, specifically in relation to the ceasefire and int...

Afghanistan Presidential Election: Analysing the Preliminary results Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) has finally announced the preliminary results of the Presidential elections held in Afghanistan on 28 September 2019. The results, though not final, gave a thin majority to the incumbent President...

Afghanistan: Reopening of peace talks President Trump, during his surprise visit to Afghanistan on 28 November, has once again shifted the contour of US foreign policy towards the Taliban by declaring that the US has renewed the peace talks with the armed group. What is unique in this re...

Occasional Papers 
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...

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...

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