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Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: August 2020

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) strives to ensure relevant geo-strategic discussions by different Expert Groups covering global as well as regional issues. In that vein, the groups hosted by VIF not only focused on foreign relations bu....

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....

White Mutiny or a Grey Revolution in Belarus -Only time will Tell

Who wants to give up power anyway? History of the long serving leaders abdicating before the time is ripe has rare entries even if the writing on the wall was rather clear. In last decade it has happened to several North African leaders as a consequ....

Tajikistan: Another Victim of Chinese Belligerence in Central Asia

Introduction
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, China has shown increasing irredentist tendencies. From the South China Sea to its South and Central Asian neighbours, Chinese territorial encroachment has created fissures in b....

Et Tu Caesar – Unending Plight of Syria!

“Et tu Brutus” has been synonymous with perfidy. But on June 17 when the USA invoked its “Caesar Act” against Syria and its embattled President Assad, pursuant to the geo-political games, Assad would have closed the caption by accusing Caesar....

What is happening in Libya?

We have been coming across reports, more in the foreign media than in the Indian, of the military gains of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the expense of the Tobruk-based General Khali....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 29, 2020

Economic
IMF says pandemic may skew economic data and cause them to be less accurate
The coronavirus pandemic “has disrupted the production of many key statistics,” the International Monetary Fund said in a blog post this ....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 26, 2020

Economic
In Coronavirus Fight, Uncertainty Emerges as the New Enemy
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer notes that the coronavirus itself, of course, remains the biggest issue. “The longer it takes to fix the uncertaint....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 12, 2020

Economic
Investment between U.S. and China Falls as Tensions, Coronavirus Take Toll
Investment between the U.S. and China is off to a weak start in 2020 and could worsen, according to a report published on May 11 that tallies ....

Central Asia's Labour Migration amid Coronavirus

1. Introduction
The term 'migrant' is often stereotyped as a person who is an undesirable burden and their economic contribution to national economies is seldom measured. The correlation between migration and remittances can be understood....

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