International Relations and Diplomacy
After South Korea, Vietnam another example to emulate in fighting Covid-19

Introduction
Amongst Asian countries, three countries – South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam – have been successful vis-a-vis the European nations and rest of Asia in containing the spread of the novel Coronavirus or Covid-19. Like South K....

Regulating the Use of Autonomous Weapon Systems

Instead of worrying about technical definitions, focus on how humans can retain control over their machines
Terminators running amok; the wanton killing of human beings; the end of civilisation as we know it; these a....

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

Economic
Merkel, Breaking German ‘Taboo,’ Backs Shared E.U. Debt to Tackle Virus
Faced with economic calamity and the threat of the coronavirus further fracturing the European Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on ....

VIF Presentation cum discussions on West Asia

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised two sets of interactive discussions on the impact of COVID-19 in West Asia and its implications on India. On 7 May 2020, Amb. D P Srivastava Distinguished Fellow, VIF spoke on the topic, “Ge....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 18, 2020

Economic
Huawei ban sets up game of chicken between world's biggest economies
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COVID 19 and Emerging Geo-politics

A meeting of the US Experts Group at VIF comprising Director, VIF, Dr Arvind Gupta, Ambassador Arun K Singh, former Ambassador of India to the United States Former Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, Defence experts Lt Gen Ravi Sawhney, Lt Ge....

Taiwan Deserves Support of Democratic Countries for its World Health Assembly Bid

Taiwan has attracted international media attention from time to time, particularly whenever there is news regarding supply of arms, like fighter air crafts by the U.S.A or there is sabre rattling in the Taiwan Straits by communist China. In recent pa....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 15, 2020

Strategic
From Japan to US, pandemic 'exit plans' take shape
Japan, its Asian neighbours, European countries and the U.S. are all looking to carve their own unique paths toward the same destination -- an exit from the coronavi....

Tale of Panchatantra and The Wuhan Virus | A Poem

Getting the right perspective when Such pandemic starts to unfold, Of Elephant and the blind men Is tale that needs to be retold. How leaders felt the pachyderm In parts but could not see the whole, And let this deadly Chinese germ I....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 14, 2020

Economic
China refuses to give up developing country status in WTO
Despite the Trump administration's strong protests against China's unfair trading advantages in the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Chinese representative ....

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