Commentaries & Articles
India-Maldives: Strengthening Partnership
With the Indo-Pacific region vying for greater international attention, the Indian Ocean has assumed a greater criticality for the regional powers. Inevitably, India and China competing for greater influence in the common waters has lent the region with greater complexities and greater possibilities for increasing their activities and mark their presence. In this backdrop the recent developments in the island nation of Maldives augurs well for India and a stable regional landscape.
Supreme Court on Rafael Papers
The political slugfest that erupted after the Supreme Court rejected the Centre’s objections on a bunch of Rafael papers published in the media and relied upon by petitioners demanding a probe into the deal, has unfortunately obliterated the larger and more significant issues related with the order. Opposition parties claimed vindication while the Union Government maintained that no aspersion had been cast on the government to government agreement for the purchase of the fighter aircraft. Let’s simplify the development for a better understanding.
Pakistan’s Nuclear Bluff
Current Perspective 14 February 2019 was a clear day for movement of vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. It was after a long spell of road closure that the highway was opened. Viewing the frequent road closures, there was a need to move troops back into the Valley from Jammu. Militant in a car loaded with explosives from the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked a bus forming a part of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy. The resultant explosion led to 40 personnel being martyred and some were critically wounded.
Future of Kazakhstan after Nazarbayev: An Assessment
In a historic announcement on 19 March 2019, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev declared his resignation through a state television message. He stated that this decision was not easy, but he wanted to pave the way for the young generation of leaders into Kazakhstan’s politics. With this, he has become second Central Asian head of state conceding peaceful transition after Kyrgyz President Atamabayev.
पश्चिम एशिया राउंड अप फरवरी 2019
शहजादे मोहम्मद बिन सलाम की लोकप्रियता सऊदी महिलाओं पर लगे प्रतिबंध कम करने तथा अंतरराष्ट्रीय कंपनियों को सऊदी अरब में निवेश की अनुमति देने के कारण शहजादे मोहम्मद बिन सलमान की लोकप्रियता बढ़ गई।
Limitations of Trump’s “Maximum Pressure” Strategy on North Korea
On 30 November 2018, the Japanese agencies spotted the North Korean vessels engaged in offshore ship-to-ship transfers with foreign vessels conducting illegal activities on the consecutive days.
Hypersonic Weapons - An Analysis
On 14 Mar 2019, Moscow's State controlled news agency TASS reported that Russia is getting ready to launch the Zircon Hypersonic Missile from a naval vessel. The Missile will have a capability of flying at Mach 8 (9878.4 Km per hour) and will be simply "unstoppable" by any known missile defence system in the world.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
May 3, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-30 April, 2019

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May 17, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (Africa), 6–12 May, 2019

As elections loom, South Africans call for faster land reform: Reuters, 6 May 2019 Surrounded by a crop of wilting sugar...

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Neighbourhood News
May 17, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: May 17, 2019

PAKISTAN APG raises questions over efforts against terror financing: Dawn May 17, 2019 Pakistan faced harsh questioning on...

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