Commentaries & Articles
Drone Swarms -a Growing Lethality…. Where is the World? Where are We?
The credit of using the unmanned platform for the first time goes to Austria, when in1849 it attacked the Italian city of Venice using unmanned balloons loaded with explosives1. Surely, the Austrian warriors could have never imagined that this humble beginning of theirs would explode into such a revolution one day, that it would dwarf everything else in the aerial warfare domain. The ‘unmanned revolution’ is upon us for decades now!
Covid-19 and Indian Economy
Epidemic is inversely proportional to economic enterprise and growth in any country. Likewise, any pandemic has a penchant to puncture the global economic growth. Corona virus will lead to recession and economic collapse if corrective measures with right policy choices are not undertaken on a war footing. Human and healthcare costs will be immense.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 6, 2020
Low crude prices are seriously threatening most oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who need higher oil prices to balance their budgets. Nigeria needs a breakeven price of $144 per barrel of Brent crude on average to balance its government balance this year
COVID-19: Time to Focus on Illegal Trade in Wildlife
Scientists and experts are still uncertain about the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). Some of the possible suspected species connected with the virus are horseshoe bats that are known to host disease causing pathogens; pangolin the most trafficked wildlife species used both as food and in traditional Chinese medicine has been implicated; however, transmission of virus from snakes to humans has been refuted.
Notes from the Sub-continent: Responses to COVID-19
In this latest compilation of some of the big ideas being debated in the media across the Indian sub-continent, we look at the coverage of the coronavirus (CoVid-19) outbreak over these past two months. It’s interesting to note the similar strands of concern that have emerged, as well as to see how the coverage and commentary has evolved with time as the crisis became a global pandemic. Initially, the crisis was largely viewed as an external problem--with certain internal manifestations, such as the status of citizens stranded abroad.
West Asia Roundup - March 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic continued to cause havoc globally as well as in the Middle East where most of the returning or evacuated nationals as well as travellers from the infected countries carried the virus. Iran was the most infected country in the region with large scale casualties and infections.
COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 4, 2020
While many people who become infected experience only mild symptoms, there are emergency warning signs to look out for, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These include persistent pain or pressure in the chest, mental confusion or low responsiveness to stimuli, as well as bluish tinge to the lips or face.
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April 10, 2020
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: April 10, 2020

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April 4, 2020
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April 6, 2020
VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-31 March 2020

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