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Geopolitical trends of 2021 and impact on India

3 January 2022 The year 2021 saw numerous upheavals and developments shaping the world and will certainly stand out as a difficult year with some promising developments. As the world steps into the new year, join Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF and...

Africa: Looking Back at 2021 and Likely Trends in 2022

For the second year in a row, countries across the world battled to cope with the negative economic impacts of covid. Though African continent handled the initial impacts of Covid-19 relatively well, in 2021 it suffered immensely from Covid-19...

Covid’s Impact: Likely Trends in 2022

About 5.8 million people reportedly died globally due to covid[1]. The unreported number is much higher. The world struggled to come out with a comprehensive, coordinated, effective response to the Covid pandemic crisis. The invention of vaccines...

Europe Might be more Vulnerable than Most to Omicron

At 8:19 PM, on another day of incessant drizzle in Chennai, I clicked on Bloomberg.com only to see the following headlines captioned boldly on the landing page: Yes, it is somewhat appropriate – whether intended or not – that Bloomberg had focussed...

China: Daily Scan, November 09, 2021

19th CPC Central Committee holds sixth plenary session: Xinhuanet November 8, 2021 The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) started its sixth plenary session in Beijing on Monday. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC...

China’s Communist Party Celebrates its Centenary-What Next?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s centenary celebrations were extensively covered in the Chinese media. Xi Jinping, who holds China’s three top positions of CCP General Secretary, Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and Chinese...

Is Japan’s LDP changing?

There is a change afoot in the normally placid politics of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which governs Japan. On Friday 17 September, four candidates emerged with varied views. This includes two women candidates. Their multiple candidacies,...

Blinken’s India Visit: Taking Strategic Partnership to the “Next Level”

The just concluded visit of the US Secretary of State Blinken to India merits keen scrutiny coming as it has on the cusps of regional developments in Afghanistan, global pandemic management, forthcoming meetings on the Indo Pacific and a host of...

Tunisia- Ghost of Bouazizi Walks Again

Tunisia, from where the Arab Spring started in 2010, has remained in churn ever since. But it has held out the hope that democracy and constitution can be relied upon by the people. It was a partial yet a success story as several governments have...

Surely not a Faux Pas-China warns Bangladesh against Joining the QUAD

It is out in the open and it took a Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh to say it straight. China does not want Bangladesh to join the QUAD. On 10 May 2021, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming said Beijing-Dhaka ties would be “substantially...

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