Second Russia-Africa Summit: A Mixed Bag for Africa

In recent years, Russia may have increased its influence in Africa more than any other external power. However, Russia has a long history of interaction with Africa. These two continents were extremely close during the Cold War....

Neighborhood News Digest – 24 August 2023


Six Pakistan soldiers killed in attack near Afghanistan border – Al Jazeera
Six Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a clash with the Pakistan Taliban near the border with Afghanistan, according to an army stat....

Neighborhood News Digest – 7 July 2023

Understanding the fall in Opium production in Afghanistan – ORF
Recent reports and satellite imagery show an almost 80 percent fall in the opium crop in the south and south-western provinces of Afghanistan. The ....

Neighborhood News Digest – 15 March 2023

18 persons from Afghanistan took part in MEA course: IIM-Kozhikode – The Hindu
The Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) on Tuesday said 18 participants from Afghanistan attended the sessions on the first....

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - December 22, 2022

Suspension of Women’s Higher Education Sparks Widespread Reactions: Tolo News
The Islamic Emirate’s decision to suspend higher education for women has sparked widespread reactions at national and international le....

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - December 21, 2022

Restrictions on Banking System an Obstacle for Investors: ACCI: Tolo News
The business community said that restrictions on the banking system in Afghanistan have challenged investors, leaving them with many problem....

North Korea’s ICBM Launch Worrying – Part I

On 18 November 2022, North Korea successfully test-fired a Hwasong-17 (or Hwasongpho-17) intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM), adding further to the already existing tensions and security threats in the Korean Peninsula. This launch was th....

Myanmar Round-Up: October 2022

The month witnessed a rise in conflict between the military and the opposition forces, especially the air strikes as the rainy season was receding. The preparations for elections have started as the Union Election Commission called for bids for the s....

The India Way @ the UNGA

It appeared from media reports and commentaries as if India was the flavour at the 77th UNGA where India was ably represented by her Foreign Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar. This is not a eulogy for the EAM but he is known to call a spade a spade whic....

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