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Terror Strike in Sri Lanka: Expanding Footprints of Jihadist Movement in the Indian Subcontinent
In the 20th Century, the world confronted three totalitarian revolutionary movements: Nazism; communism; and fascism. Now the world is under assault from a fourth such movement whose members operate under many labels as part of global Jihad.
The Second Belt and Road Forum
The second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) was held in Beijing from April 25-27, 2019. The first BRF was held in 2017. This BRF saw the participation of more than 150 countries underscoring the argument that the appeal for Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has not actually diminished.
Sri Lanka: Need to Repair Political and Security Architecture
The Easter Sunday Church Bombings (April 21, 2019) in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka has altered the internal security situation and the political arithmetic in that country. The Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) claimed ownership of the attack as also that it marked a shift in its tactics. It was the deadliest attack on civilian targets in Sri Lanka in the past decade and was aimed primarily at the minority Christian community and its icons.
सम्मानों की कूटनीति
इस बात पर विवाद तो हो सकता है, लेकिन भारत के प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी कई देशों की सरकारों द्वारा सबसे अधिक सम्मानित किए जाने वाले राज्याध्यक्ष हैं और ये सम्मान उन्हें पांच वर्ष से भी कम समय में मिले हैं। उन्हें मिलने वाले सबसे नए सम्मान की घोषणा पिछले हफ्ते ही रूसी महासंघ के राष्ट्रपति पुतिन ने की, जब प्रधानमंत्री मोदी को दोनों देशों के बीच विशेष एवं गौरवपूर्ण साझेदारी तैयार करने में विशिष्ट उपलब्धि हासिल करने के लिए सर्वोच्च नागरिक सम्मान ‘ऑर्डर ऑफ सेंट एंड्र्यू द अपासल’ से सम्मानित किया गया। उन्हें यह सम्मान दो हफ्ते पहले ही संयुक्त अरब अमीरात द्वारा दिए गए सर्वोच्च सम्मान ‘ऑर्डर ऑफ जायद या
Exercise AUSINDEX-2019: A New High in India Australia Defence Cooperation
India and Australia have conducted the third edition of biennial naval exercise AUSINDEX-2019 from April 2-14, 2019 at Vishakhapatnam. The Harbor Phase of the Exercise was conducted from April 2-7, 2019 followed by Sea Phase from April 7-11, 2019 with the De-briefing or the Harbor Phase was conducted from April 12-14, 2019, in which new objectives were set for the next AUSINDEX-2021. The AUSINDEX exercise 2021 will be hosted by Royal Australian Navy.
ASEAN needs India to preserve its centrality in a multi-polar Indo-Pacific
A workshop of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Forum (ARF) was concluded in Dili, Timor-Leste on April 26, 2019. A range of issues would have been on the table including the Rohingya refugee crisis, radicalisation and the South China Sea (SCS) dispute. But, the most pressing matter that confronts ASEAN today is the changing power dynamics in East and South Asia, and the trepidations about losing its centrality in the changing world order. Idea of Indo-Pacific
China’s Impending Economic Slowdown is a Mixed Bag for Africa
China’s impending economic slowdown promises to send shockwaves through the world’s economies and is compelling them to assess exposure and explore mitigation strategies. Nowhere is the imperative more pressing than in Africa, where linkages with China are of considerable intensity and consequence - in the last two decades, China has played an outsized role in Africa, becoming its largest trading partner and builder of infrastructure, rendering local economic prospects increasingly synchronous with those of China’s.
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June 21, 2019
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June 27, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: June 27, 2019

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