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Economic Dimensions of Russia-Ukraine War

Russia-Ukraine war is in its fourth month. There are no signs of the conflict coming to an end soon. While the political and military dimensions of the war have drawn a lot of attention, the social and economic implications of the conflict are extre....

Troubled Times Ahead for China and Xi Jinping

China is headed for a difficult period. A variety of factors have converged to make this a potentially volatile period. With barely six months to go for the crucial 20th Party Congress, it will be a period of particularly heightened concern for Chine....

Challenges ahead for the Pakistan Government

After the no confidence motion that ousted Imran Khan, Parliament elected unopposed Shahbaz Sharif as 23rd prime minister of the country, bringing to an end the political uncertainty that had gripped the nation. However the country still remains mire....

Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Implications for Central Asia

Background
Central Asia is geo-strategically significant for the Kremlin as the region border Afghanistan and Iran to the South, China to the East, and the Caspian Sea to the West. The Central Asian region is considered Russia’s sphere o....

Ukraine Crisis: Assessing the US Response and the Economic Implications

Russia's sudden military incursion into Ukraine has taken the world by storm with the developing situation having far-reaching economic and geopolitical implications. Join Amb. Arun K. Singh, Distinguished Fellow, VIF and Avantika Menon in this podca....

How is Central Asia Reacting to Russia-Ukraine Crisis?

Background

Central Asia has recently been in the geopolitical spotlight with the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and political upheaval in Kazakhstan. Russia’s special military actions in Ukraine have once again drawn attention to Cen....

Sri Lankan Economy Spiralling out of control; Requests IMF assistance

Sri Lanka’s economic meltdown is one of the worst in recent decades, pushing many families into poverty. The situation is rapidly spiralling out of control with multiple ill prescribed economic policies. The unstable economic crisis is clearly on t....

The Himalayan Conundrum: Nepal and Bhutan in 2021

Nepal
The year 2021 can be surmised as a year of political upheavals, economic downfall, and geo-political uncertainties for Nepal. Also, when countries worldwide were engaged in making arrangements to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Nepal’....

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, effect....

Afghanistan Mired in Uncertainty

Taliban after illegitmately wresting power in Afghanistan has entered its fourth month. However the country remains in chaos and at the edge of abyss. United Nations(UN) has warned that Afghanistan is on countdown to catasrophe and it is at the brin....

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