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Trump’s visit to the DMZ: More Than Just Photo Optics?
Trump, in his impromptu diplomatic style, surprised the whole world when he tweeted an invitation to Kim to meet him at the Korean De-Militarized Zone (DMZ). The fact that Trump and Kim met on North Korean soil is a historic development.
Budget 2019: Indian diplomacy needed a shot in the arm but budget flatters to deceive
Union Budget 2019 India: Analysis reveals some notable facts: the MEA budget, from being close to 0.1% of India’s GDP in 2012-13, declined to 0.08% in 2018-19.
Air Defence Cover for Mechanised Forces: The Bigger Picture
On 10 May 2019, it was reported in the media that India had finally selected the South Korean made Hanwha K 30 Biho (Flying Tiger), a highly mobile short range Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) weapon system, to protect its forward manoeuvre units.
More Needs to be Done to Revitalise Chabahar Project
The latest Govt. of India`s regular budget of 2019-20, has a meagre allocation of Rs. 45 crore for the development and operationalising of Chahbahar Port infrastructure under the Ministry of External Affairs line of credit to finance this programme, as compared to Rs. 150 crore last year.
India’s Lesser Known, yet Dangerous Maoist Groups
The Maoist movement in India is known by the violent activities of the Communist Party of India-Maoist [CPI-M] – the organization which took shape in September 2004 with the merger of the People’s War Group based in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and the Maoist Communist Centre of the eastern states of Bihar-Jharkhand
Losing Istanbul Twice: Erdogan’s Humbling Moment
Introduction President Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (also known as AKP by its Turkish acronym) conceded a major defeat in the re-run of Istanbul mayoral elections on June 23 indicating a tectonic shift in Turkey’s politics. In the re-run election, Ekrem Imamoglu, the candidate of Turkey’s grand old Republican People’s Party (CHP) crushed AKP’s Binali Yildirim, former Prime Minister and close ally of Erdogan, by a margin of 800,000 votes.
West Asia Round up - June 2019
June was a particularly hot month in so far as the developments in the Middle East are concerned. In the US-Iran imbroglio one witnessed a ‘hot & cold’ approach with the US continuing with its maximum pressure tactics while Iran displayed its hard-line response, even shooting down an armed stealth US drone.
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July 9, 2019
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July 5, 2019
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July 16, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: July 16, 2019

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