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Third Samvad Conclave Unites Buddhist Leaders Across Asia in Ulaanbaatar
International delegates from Asia and Europe gathered in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar for the third Samvad conference from 6–8 September. Organized jointly by the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), Gandan Tegchenling, Ulaanbaatar’s most important Buddhist monastery, and Mongolia’s Institute of Strategic Studies, this year’s Samvad was held in association with the Japan Foundation, the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), and the Mongolia-based Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP).
India and Russia – Two decades of Strategic Dialogue and Partnership
In the middle of 1999, Vladimir Putin, the then Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) was appointed the Prime Minister by the ailing and drinking Boris Yeltsin- maverick of the Russian history. Within six months, before the year ended, Putin took the reins as the President of the uncertain Russian Federation. Russians put a great faith in him to bring back their lost pride and prosperity.
Kashmir Urgently Needs a Fresh Intellectual Discourse
As the situation in Kashmir slowly but steadily seems to ease off, the baffling question in most quarters is that how should the Government move forward in restoring the confidence of large sections of people in the Valley. This question does not apply to the pro-Pakistan constituency, which has a stated position on the issue. It is about the large silent majority who seem to be confused given the enormity of the August 5 decision to abrogate the special status of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.
दक्षिण चीन सागर में हालिया समुद्रीय घटनाएं
दक्षिण चीन सागर में पिछले कुछ हफ्तों में दो समुद्रीय घटनाएं हुई हैं। पहली घटना फिलिपींस और चीन के बीच हुई है और दूसरी, वियतनाम एवं चीन के बीच। इन दोनों घटनाओं ने एक बार फिर दक्षिण चीन सागर में अधिकार के विवादित दावों और चीन की आक्रामक भाव-भंगिमाओं से जटिल होती स्थितियों की तरफ दुनिया का ध्यान खींचा है। फिलिपींस और वियतनाम इस घटना के नतीजे भुगते दो देशों ने चीन की कार्रवाइयों से भिन्न तरीके से निबटा है, जो प्रतिक्रियात्मक उपायों की उपयुक्तता को दर्शाता है-क्या कारगर हो सकता है और क्या काम नहीं आ सकता। पर इसने चीन की ग्रे जोन चालबाजियों को भी उजागर किया है और उससे निबटना अब एक चुनौती है।
Myanmar Round Up: August 2019
8888 Uprising Celebrations The month of August holds reverence in the Myanmar political calendar due to the 8888 Pro-Democracy Uprising, named so since the uprising for democracy peaked on 8 Aug 1988 at Yangon University. This eventually paved te way for the creation of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, in Sep 1988, the party currently in power in Myanmar.
Act Far East policy: A New Construct in India’s Foreign Policy
Prime Minister Modi visited Vladivostok for the 5th meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum as the Chief Guest on 4-5 September 2019 on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 20th India-Russia Annual Summit was held in Vladivostok following which a detailed joint statement was issued.
West Asia Monthly Round-Up: August 2019
West Asia continues to be fraught with uncertainty and mixed diplomatic discourse. On the one hand US-Iran spat continues but showed the signs of fissure in the so called “Alliance of the Willing” as UK released the detained Iranian Tanker Grace I (renamed Adrian Darya I) despite US protests and efforts to stop the ship that was supposedly destined for Syrian ports.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
September 4, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism, 16-31 August, 2019

VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism, 16-31 August, 2019 Defence: MoD clarifies there is no...

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International Development
September 5, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, EU, Russia and Africa), 19th August, 2019 – 3rd September 2019)

US Trump: 'Congress has a lot of thinking to do' on gun control after Midland-Odessa shooting: USA Today, 1 September 2019 A...

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Neighbourhood News
September 20, 2019
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: September 20, 2019

PAKISTAN Trump, Imran to meet on 23rd, talks to focus on Kashmir: Dawn September 20, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan is...

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