Neighbourhood Studies
Notes from the Sub-continent – April 2020

As coronavirus infections continue to rise around the globe, much of the media focus in the Indian sub-continent has remained focussed, as expected, on different aspects of the pandemic--how are governments managing this public health crisis, do they....

Round Table Discussion on ‘Post COVID-19: India and the Neighbourhood’

Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on ‘Post COVID-19: India and the Neighbourhood’ on 11 May 2020. Amb Satish Chandra, Vice Chairman VIF, delivered the opening remarks followed with presentations b....

COVID-19 Paves the Way for a Cashless Economy in China

Governments worldwide are at the time engaged in containing COVID-19 and have either initiated unprecedented lockdowns or following strict social distancing protocols for public safety and prevent community transmission. The World Health Organisation....

Political Crisis amidst COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

At a time when almost all the countries of the world are struggling to fight the corona virus pandemic, the Council of Ministers in Nepal brought in two important ordinances on April 20, 2020, that could have serious implications on the future of Nep....

Myanmar Ethnic Strife: The Rise of Arakan Army

On 10 April 2009, the separatist Arakan Army (AA) established itself as a “revolutionary armed organisation” in Myanmar. Till 2015, it operated in Kachin and Shan States under the guidance of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) with headqua....

Kazakhstan Protests Chinese Language Article questioning its Territorial Integrity

Introduction
On April 14, 2020, the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan summoned Chinese ambassador Zhang Xiao to register a formal protest against the publication of an article on a major Chinese website, Sohu.com. This website was the offici....

Pakistan: Disturbing Trends in the Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The first case of coronavirus was reported in Pakistan on 26 February 2020 in Karachi. Thereafter, it spread to all the four provinces, the federal capital, so-called Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). The main sources of the ....

Strong Cooperation between Nepal and India Needed to Win War against Coronavirus

The Global Impact
Never before in the history of mankind, the entire globe was affected as much by any event as coronavirus pandemic, called COVID-19. Not even World War I or World War II had made so much of impact as this pandemic has do....

WHAT YOU EAT IS WHAT YOU ARE! | A POEM

What you ingest can tell one how You tend to think, how you behave We may therefore examine now The things that Chinese stomachs crave And what this tells about their conduct In politics, investment, trade Offering you a vital produ....

Myanmar Round Up: March 2020

A round up of selected English open source reports on Myanmar
March 2020 touched new ground in violence with the Arakan Army (AA) scoring major successes against the Tatmadaw with the routing of a Light Infantry Battalion and the c....

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