Commentaries & Articles
Influences and Performance of Intelligence: Assessment of Intelligence Inputs in 2020 Ladakh Military Standoff
‘The further one looks back, the further he looks ahead’ Historically, military might alone served as the primary instrument of national power and for securing national interests. Later diplomacy, economic power, science and technology (S&T), internal & external policies, energy, environmental policies supplemented this single influencer. A combination of these now determine geopolitical standing of modern nation states.
Military Seizes back Power in Myanmar: Some Responses and Implications
In a rather worrying development in India’s neighbourhood Myanmar, in an early morning coup on 1 February the military seized control of the government, detained State Counsellor and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders.1 It was announced in the military’s television that the armed forces would remain in power for one year under a state of emergency. As per available information, all the civilian members of parliament, 26 of them, who were in the capital of Naypyidaw were detained. More could be arrested in the coming days.
Air Defence Command – some salient points and imperatives
Air Defence Command (ADC) is going to be a reality sooner than later. This article looks at certain salient points related to the ADC and lays out certain imperatives that lie ahead for the decision-makers to make ADC a success. National Level Decision The decision to create the ADC is a decision of national importance. The success or failure in implementing this decision will decide how effectively the country as a whole will be able put together its cumulative air defence capability in countering the overall air threat from our potential adversaries in any future war.
Pakistan- An Uncertain Road Ahead
2020 was an unpredictable year. It was a year of everything and nothing! Covid-19 crisis turned the world upside down. There was a strange paranoia that gripped the world. It was catastrophic and exhausting, unsettling and unimaginable. However, for Pakistan the year brought new challenges as the country lurched on from one crisis to another. Covid-19 revealed the preexisting cleavages and exposed the cracks and fissures in Prime Minister’s Imran Khan’s government.
Vietnam’s Thirteenth National Party Congress: Agenda, Achievements and Expectations
Vietnam is holding its 13th National Party Congress from January 25 to 02 February, 2021. While the party congress is going to decide about the new leadership and also look for possible future blueprint to evolve as a middle power and develop relations with the countries and multilateral organizations it is also necessary to look back at the tremendous achievements made by Vietnam under the Party’s leadership in the areas of economic development and integration with the region and globally and commendable progress made in the foreign policy domain as also in other fields.
China’s Domestic and Foreign Policy under Xi Jinping
Join Mr Jayadeva Ranade and Dr Teshu Singh as they discuss the internal situation in China, Chinese Economy, US-China Relations and India-China Relations.
India-China Line of Actual Control: Increasingly Fuzzier…
Though comparisons are odious, Line of Control (LOC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC) are chalk and cheese! The Karachi Agreement of 1949 delineated the Ceasefire Line (CFL), following directional paths in the absence of clear landmarks, by demarcating over 740 kms on the ground between Indian and Pakistan in J&K. Again the CFL was unambiguously delineated till it reached “…Chalunka (on the Shyok River), Khor, NJ 9842” whereupon it was designated “…thence North to the glaciers”.
VIF News Digests
Global Developments And Analysis: Weekly Monitor
March 2, 2021
Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 23 February - 28 February 2021

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China Daily Digest
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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2020
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International Development
January 22, 2021
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I. United States Politics and Society US and Iran ratchet up military activity as concerns increase ahead of Soleimani...

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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
February 27, 2021
VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 01-15 February 2021

DEFENCE Defence budget allocation 2021-2022. BEL to showcase about 30 products/systems developed as part of ‘Aatmanirbhar...

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Myanmar Round Up
February 11, 2021
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During January 2021, concerns were raised regarding a potential military coup, which eventually came true on 01 February...

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