Commentaries & Articles
Imran Khan’s China visit: China’s Deafening Silence on Financial Bailout
Imran Khan ’s much anticipated China visit took place from 2 to 5 November 2018 in the backdrop of Pakistan's desperate requirement of a financial bailout due to mounting balance of payment crisis, the rising concerns about the unsustainability of the costly projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and spectacular climb-down by the Pakistan Government before the fundamentalist protest against the judgement of the Supreme Court freeing Aasia Bibi charged in a blasphemy case.
West Asia Review, October, 2018
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) - Jamal Khashoggi Fiasco Saudi Arabia and its maverick Prince Mohammed Bin Salman called upon themselves the global criticism due to a botched up assassination of an insider-outsider critic in Khashoggi inside their Istanbul Consulate through the modus operandi and consequent conflicting statements on the issue.
Iran, US Sanctions and Oil
US oil and banking sanctions against Iran have gone into effect on 4th November. President Trump announced that these are toughest ever sanctions imposed by the US. The date is symbolic. It is the anniversary of the take over of US Embassy in Tehran by students in 1979.
SAMVAD Series of Conferences - India and Japan Find a Common Language on Shared Values
Prime Minister Modi’s official visit to Japan in October 2018 has greatly cemented the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership. The two countries are building a relationship on common values rooted in their ancient cultures. The Vision Statement of 29 Oct 2018 referred to history and common values as the factors propelling the bilateral relationship.
Ethiopia Hosts the First African Forum on Cybercrime
The African nations are facing the fastest growth rate in Internet penetration worldwide. The African Union has revealed that the digital connectivity in the continent has tripled in the last five years, and it is also expected that by 2020, nearly a third of the global Gross Domestic Product is expected to be generated by the digital economy
Bhutan Elections 2018: Analysis
It has been a decade since Bhutan started its first innings with procedural democratic reforms. The third round of elections held on October 18, 2018 found its final culmination, with a 71.4 percent voter turnout, and the much anticipated victory of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) which won 30 seats in the National Assembly.
India Faces New Political Configurations in the Neighbourhood
Many unexpected but important developments are taking place in India’s neighbourhood. New political dispensations with new agendas have emerged in Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan. Besides, one would have to await the elections in Bangladesh in the next few months. Presidential elections are due in Afghanistan next year. India’s “Neighbourhood First” policy will have to take into account these changes and tweaked, if need be.
VIF News Digest
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December 4, 2018
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism (November 01 – 30, 2018)

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International Development
December 12, 2018
VIF News Digest: International Developments (24-30 Nov 2018)

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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2018
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: 14th December, 2018

PAKISTAN US wants to help Pakistan protect its economy’: Dawn December 14, 2018 The core purpose of US economic engagement...

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