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Evolving Situation in Afghanistan: Challenges and Prospects for India-Tajikistan Cooperation

The Setting
The events in Afghanistan have come full circle since 18 October, 2001 when the US Special Forces were inserted from across the Central Asian borders. Whilst it might appear as history repeating itself, the circumstances have ....

Decoding Tajikistan’s Critical Approach towards Taliban

The quick rise of the Taliban after the US troops started to withdraw from Afghanistan has left the country’s neighbours in a difficult situation. Pakistan, a long-time ally of the Taliban, was pleased with the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan. C....

West Asia Roundup -August 2021

Abstract;
Fast moving events in Afghanistan captured the regional and global attention as US forces withdrew in an unprecedented manner shortening their own timelines ceding space to Taliban as the Afghan national forces crumbled. Ta....

Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 30 August - 05 September 2021

Economic
China’s Xi Jinping, Liu He move to reassure private sector as Beijing’s Big Tech crackdown rattles entrepreneurs
On Sept 06, both Chinese President Xi Jinping and his top economic adviser, Vice-Premier Liu He, sent st....

Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: July 2021

Vivekananda International Foundation organized six experts group through webinar on events and topics affecting India’s interests worldwide in the month of July 2021. The expert groups provide layers of understanding and contextualized the present ....

How is Central Asia Reacting to Afghanistan’s Fall?

Introduction
The developments that Central Asian Republics (CARs) have been dreading in recent weeks have begun to unfold. On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Kabul, which ultimately led to the collapse of the Afghan government headed....

Developments in Afghanistan: Concerns for Russia’s Central Asia Policy

Background
The failure of the Afghan Peace process and subsequent 'US-allied forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan has paved the way for an accelerated Taliban offensive in the country. This has become a serious concern for regional secur....

Why are Central Asian Republics wooing Pakistan?

The emerging regional security threats post-US withdrawal from Afghanistan has led to an active engagement between Pakistan and Central Asian republics (CARs). The US and NATO forces were scheduled to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by 11 September 202....

India-Central Asia Relations: Issues and Prospects

Despite close historical and cultural connection that India shared with Central Asian region, the bilateral relations have remained below the potential. The key reason is the lack of connectivity. However, in 2015, with PM Modi’s visit to this regi....

From Cornwall with Love1

Dear non-G7 Citizens,
You would have seen the cute pictures of the G-7 happy family gathering of democracies at Cornwall on 12th-13th June 2021. The weather held up. Sunbathed beaches were wonderful. We were relieved that Trump who had sp....

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