What Can BIMSTEC Deliver That SAARC Could Not?

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hosted the 5th BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit in a “hybrid mode” from 28 to 30 March 2022, marking the grouping’s 25 years of existence. As....

Strategic Discussion | Reviewing the Ukraine Crisis

Well over fifteen days into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the VIF strategic discussions group convened on 15 March 2022 to review the ongoing developments and to deliberate on the future trajectories of the evolving geopolitical situation. The dis....

Ukraine Crisis: Towards a New World Order

The international order that existed after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War heralded the emergence of a unipolar world with the operation of the Western Alliance sustained largely by the US (and Canada) military power an....

China: Daily Scan, April 6, 2022

China sincerely wants peace in Ukraine: Xinhuanet
April 5, 2022
China hopes Russia and Ukraine would stick to peace talks until a ceasefire agreement is reached and the only thing that China wants is peace in Ukraine, State Coun....

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-31 March 2022

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China: Daily Scan, April 5, 2022

Xi's remarks on boosting China-EU cooperation for world stability: Xinhuanet
April 4, 2022
Chinese President Xi Jinping met via video link with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Urs....

The India and Australia ECTA: Reinforcing a Strong Geo-economic Partnership

The current trend of geoeconomics favours enhancement of investment and trade relationships with reliable partners. The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia announced in June 2020 along with agreements on providing mutual l....

China: Daily Scan, April 04, 2022

Chinese vice premier stresses support for foreign trade companies: Xinhuanet
April 2, 2022
Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Saturday called for more efforts to ramp up support for foreign trade enterprises and ensure stable ....

Impact of Western Sanctions on Russia: Unintended Ramifications

The fog of war isn’t just affecting the military aspects of the Ukraine war but going beyond to fundamentally alter an international system that was already turbulent. In this context, the gamut of western economic sanctions on Russia are going bey....

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