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The Inter-Organizational Approach towards Migration and Terrorism: Lessons from the Arab League-EU Summit
In a historic first, the leaders including heads of states and governments of members of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the European Union (EU) held their first-ever summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on 24 and 25 February, 2019.
Indus Water Treaty: Need for a Fresh Look
There was a deadly terrorist attack on 14 Feb on a CRPF Convoy near Awantipora in Pulwama District in the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). It was re-ported that in that incident 45 personnel died. Jaish-e-Mohammed; a UN designated terrorist organization, owned up the responsibility. Jaish-e-Mohammed is located in Bahawalpur of Pakistan and it is believed that it is nurtured by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan to execute terror-ist activities in India.
S-400: Rupee-Ruble Matrix and Other Points of Caution
Speaking to a select group of journalists on 22 Feb 2019 at the Aero India Show in Bengaluru, the Deputy Director of the Russian Military-Technical Cooperation Mr Anatoly said " Dollar is no longer the universal currency for trade in defence"1. The Minister was speaking in the context of the institutional arrangement being put in place by Russia and India to do a rupee-rouble transfer in paying for the S-400 deal valued at Rs 39,000 cr.
Brexit - Mrs May Steps Back from the Brink?
Mrs May has postponed a meaningful vote on Brexit deal to 12th March. She assured the Parliament that in case the deal negotiated by her government is rejected, the MPs will be given a chance to vote whether they approve crashing out of European Union (EU) without a deal. If this is rejected, they will get a chance to vote for extension of the current Brexit deadline of 29th March. This is stepping back from the brink. Earlier, she wanted the House of Commons to make a binary choice between her deal and Brexit without a deal.
2019 में चीन में स्थिति
2019 की 5 फरवरी से चीन का ‘सुअर का वर्ष’ शुरू हुआ है और चीनी कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी (सीसीपी) के नेतृत्व तथा माओत्से तुंग के बाद अभूतपूर्व ताकत हासिल कर चुके चीनी राष्ट्रपति शी चिनफिंग के लिए शायद यह साल अच्छा नहीं रहेगा। अर्थव्यवस्था की सुस्ती और स्थिरता बरकरार रखने जैसी घरेलू समस्याएं और भी गंभीर हो रही हैं और नेतृत्व के एजेंडे पर इन्हीं की सबसे अधिक प्राथमिकता होगी। चीनी सही मानते हैं कि उनके देश के खिलाफ अमेरिका के दोतरफा ‘व्यापार युद्ध’ के पीछे चीन का उभार रोकने की मंशा है और यह व्यापार युद्ध भी दबाव बढ़ाएगा।
Nigerian Elections – ‘Apna Time Aayega’!
Nigeria, the most populous state in Africa and a rich country with inherent developmental contradictions went to polls on February 23 to elect the President, Vice President and the National Assembly. The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) had postponed the elections by a week due to logistical and security issues which was criticized by the opposition parties as a ploy to help the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of President Muhammadu Buhari, a former General and also a President.
A Compilation of International Statements following the Indian Air strike at Jaish-e-Mohammed Training Facility at Balakot, Pakistan, on 26th February 2019
The United States Concern Regarding India-Pakistan Tensions Press Statement, Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, Washington, DC, February 26, 2019
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
March 11, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-28 February, 2019

Defence: DRDO's Aero India International Seminar – 2019; OFB Gets Bulk Production Clearance for 'Dhanush' Artillery Gun...

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International Development
March 20, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (Africa), 11-17 March, 2019

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term: BBC, 11 March 2019 President Bouteflika's candidacy had...

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Neighbourhood News
March 26, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: March 26, 2019

PAKISTAN Taliban meeting nixed over Kabul’s concerns: PM Khan: Dawn March 26, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed on...

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