VIF Briefs
Indian Engagement with Afghanistan: An Economic Perspective

… Indian assistance in Afghanistan is focused on, ‘Afghan led, Afghan owned and controlled,’ projects … India’s Small Development Projects are spread all over the country … economic development is the basic foundation for peace in Afghanistan …...

Cryptocurrencies: A New Scourge of Terror Financing

...global counter-terrorism community has serious concerns over the use of cryptocurrencies by terrorist groups for terror financing … this essay examines some of the recent cases of the use of virtual currencies for terror financing, and the use...

Maritime Transport has the Potential to Reinvigorate Indian Economy

… maritime transport can play a major role not only in creating mass jobs but also in enhancing the technical thresholds … investment in port infrastructure and shipbuilding sectors can absorb unskilled labour in large numbers … its...

Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the India-Indonesia Maritime Border

… the EEZ agreement with India and Indonesia, with the added context of Indonesia also delimiting its maritime boundaries with its neighbours Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia sets a firm example of the importance of adhering to UNCLOS...

Pakistan General Election 2018

Introduction
Pakistan’s electoral contest on 25 July 2018 has been billed as being between Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) - even though he is debarred from contesting or holding a party office – and Imran’s Khan Pakistan...

Xi Jinping Continues China’s Repressive Policies in Xinjiang

… The CCP has adopted harsh repressive measures towards Xinjiang since the very beginning … has been pushing policies to change the basic religious and cultural fabric of Xinjiang as it wants a more ‘tailor made’ Uighur population, which will be...

India and UN Peace keeping Operations in South Sudan

... India has had an extensive experience in resolving conflicts in nations both internally and regionally and has the potential to become an influential player in Africa especially, in South Sudan. ... India’s first-hand knowledge and efforts...

Xi's Tightening Control over the Media

... The Chinese media has successfully invented novel ways to bypass the authority of the state since 1978. But after Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, the balance has shifted heavily in favour of the government. Xi has adopted a host of new...

Emerging Structure of Maritime Security in the Bay of Bengal

.... Traditionally, security at sea has been theorised and interpreted rooted in traditional realist or liberalist theories. In the realist interpretation, the seas are the plains on which superpower, or regional power rivalry, takes place,...

Terror Financing: Battle beyond the Banks

… FATF pronouncements are sensitive to the requirements of better information sharing between the law enforcement agencies, banking sector, governments, and the private sector … it is also engaging police officers, judges and prosecutors to...

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