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 
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...

China’s Expanding role in Afghanistan As the United States plans to confront China in regions such as Indo-Pacific, it ingenuously is paving the way for Beijing’s rising influence at the heart of the Eurasian continent, i.e. Afghanistan. China’s primary aim in Afghanistan is to ensur...

Doha Talks: a Long Road Ahead The al-Qaeda led-terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, impelled America to wage ‘global war on terror’. Consequently, the United States toppled the Taliban regime (1996-2001) in Afghanistan for giving sanctuary to the terrorist group, al-Qaeda....

Press Freedom under Siege in Pakistan On July 22, 2020, Pakistani senior journalist Matiullah Jan, known for his critical views of the country’s judiciary and military, was abducted and later released by unidentified persons in Islamabad. The incident has once again focused a spotlight...

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...

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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