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EU’s Operation Irini Promotes a Poor Image of the EU

The European Union launched operation IRINI in the Mediterranean on 1st of April, 2020. The operation is officially called EUNAVFOR MED Irini where EUNAVFOR stands for European Union Naval Force and MED stands for the Mediterranean Sea. Irini...

The EU -USA- China Contradiction: the Friends Turned Foes and Vice Versa

The European Union (EU) is today facing a major contradiction. Its traditional ally, the USA has in several ways turned its back on Europe and is entering into trade and defence related quarrels. China which is the EU’s ‘systemic rival’ is on the...

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, May 11, 2020

Medical Physicians report numbers of patients who are able to tolerate very low blood-oxygen levels Doctors have dubbed these patients “happy hypoxemics,” a reference to the paradox of abnormally low levels of oxygen found in their blood combined...

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 3, 2020

Medical Serology tests for coronavirus antibodies could help restart society At the root of almost every plan to restart society is a new kind of coronavirus test that searches not for the virus itself, but the remnants floating in people’s blood...

Interaction with the Delegation from Yunnan University

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosted a Chinese delegation led by Prof. Li Chenyang, Vice President of Yunnan University and Dean of Institute of Myanmar Studies on 08 August. The other members of the delegation include Lu Guangsheng...

The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Grouping: Reflections

On the eve of the BRICS summit in Goa on October 15/16 some reflections on the potential force and the inherent limitations of the grouping would be in order. BRICS as a concept does hold enormous potential to counter the enduring hegemony of the...

Interaction with Dr Thomas Bagger, Head of Policy Planning, German Foreign Office

Dr Thomas Bagger, Head of Policy Planning, German Foreign Office, visited the VIF on February 24, 2016 for an interaction that ranged across a wide and varied geostrategic landscape, inter alia, the future of the European Union, German foreign...

Unblocking of NATO Supply Routes By Pakistan: Logistics or Plain Politics?

The flow of oil through NATO's Pakistani supply lines is due to resume soon, one year after the attack by NATO troops on the Pakistani outpost at Salala. The decision comes after the first two test-run tankers passed safely through the Torkham...

Military Aspects Af-Pak Situation: An Appraisal

It is axiomatic that military aspects can not be discussed in isolation as many other factors have a direct impact on the given military situation. In the current Af-Pak scenario political and economic compulsions have a direct bearing on the...

Interaction with Mr. Michel Miraillet, Director Strategic Affair, Govt. of France

As part of what could be described as an exercise in Track 1.5 diplomacy, Mr. Michel Miraillet, Director Strategic Affairs in France’s Ministry of Defence, held wide-ranging and intense interaction with the VIF’s battery of policy experts on March 1...

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