Dr Cchavi Vasisht is a Research Associate at Vivekananda International Foundation. She has completed her PhD from the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her thesis is titled, "Women Entrepreneurs in Nepal: A Case Study of Kathmandu and Rautahat Districts". She has been awarded the UGC NET Senior Research Fellowship to pursue her research work. She completed her MPhil from the Centre for South Asian Studies, where she understood international surrogacy from a sociological perspective within South Asia. She completed her MA in Sociology from the same university. She has also done an UNCTAD Online Course on Trade and Gender Linkages UNCTAD in 2020 and an introductory course in Public Policy from the Centre of Civil Society. For the past three years, she has had a keen interest in Myanmar and has published articles and commentaries on the same. In 2023, she co-edited a book, "Revisiting Myanmar" which was published in July 2023. Additionally, her areas of interest are South Asia, Nepal, Media Analysis, Gender and Social issues.

Contributions 
Three Years of Military Rule in Myanmar: Looking Back at 2023 and Navigating the Uncertainties of 2024 Myanmar's current state is marked by intense complexity and instability, with continued conflicts, widespread displacement, economic difficulties, and humanitarian issues. Since Operation 1027, the military government has been confronted with resista...

Nepal’s Approach to China’s BRI Nepal is strategically located in the middle of two giants, India and China. Being Nepal’s northern neighbour, China has been keen on increasing its investments in Nepal. The interests are not just economic, but rather strategic. China seeks to inc...

Women’s Entrepreneurship: A Catalyst for Development in India and G20 During India's G20 Presidency, there was a focus on women empowerment through women-led development. At the G20 Ministerial Conference on Women’s Empowerment in August 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated three core focus areas of India’s G2...

Indonesia’s Presidency of ASEAN: Approach to Crisis in Myanmar Indonesia is holding the presidency of ASEAN for 2023 during which Indonesia has hosted a series of meetings in July and September. Through various statements, ASEAN has emphasised on the common and shared goals and ASEAN’s role as an epicenter of ...

Assessing Internal and External Factors Leading to Instability in Manipur The violence and instability in Manipur started on 03 May, though the seeds of the same have been there for years. The figures may vary, but the latest reports by IGP Muivah states that around 175 people have died and 1100 injured in the past four mo...

VIF Papers 
South Asian Response to Ukraine Crisis: Political, Economic and Humanitarian Implications The Russian “special military operation” launched against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, has impacted countries worldwide. While the global powers are busy in either extending support or condemning Russia in their respective ways, the fundamental ...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
Revisiting Myanmar: Present Through Past The February 2021 military takeover in Myanmar has had adverse impact on the country`s political, economic and social landscape, which was undergoing a democratic transition. It was a step back in the democratic journey the country had embarked upon ...

Politics of Geo-politics: Continuity and Change in India-Nepal Relations; Edited by Lok Raj Baral (2018); 256p; price: 799 ISBN-10: 81-8363-138-9; Publisher Adarsh Books, New Delhi The edited volume includes multiple perspectives of former diplomats and academicians from India and Nepal. It theorises India-Nepal relations, focussing broadly on economic, security and geopolitical relations. The book was published in 2018, and wr...

Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier by Bertil Linter, Publishers: Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2015 Arthur Conolly, an intelligence officer of British East India Company, conceived the expression “great game” to define the strategic rivalry between the British and the Russian empires to acquire supremacy in Central Asia. It was further used to ...

VIF Briefs 
Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance in Myanmar: Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward As COVID-19 struck the world countries, it took some months to recover back to their normal social and economic lives. However, for the people of Myanmar the crisis deepened further due to the military takeover in February 2021. The need for humanita...

India-Maldives Policy Brief The Maldives has attracted international attention due to the increased importance of the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific region. India-Maldives relations have made immense progress in the past years. The relations have seen significant positive de...

Event Reports 
Roundtable Discussion on Indo-Indonesian Geopolitics: Navigating Growth amidst Global Challenges On 11 December, the VIF in collaboration with Habibie Centre, Indonesia organised a RoundTable Discussion (RTD) on "Indo-Indonesian Geopolitics: Navigating Growth Amidst Global Challenges". Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, welcomed the speakers and gav...

Roundtable Discussion on Indo-Indonesian Geopolitics: Navigating Growth amidst Global Challenges On 11 December, the VIF in collaboration with Habibie Centre, Indonesia organised a RoundTable Discussion (RTD) on "Indo-Indonesian Geopolitics: Navigating Growth Amidst Global Challenges". Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, welcomed the speakers and gav...

Roundtable Discussion on Ongoing Crisis in Myanmar and Implications for India On 21 December, the Vivekananda International Foundation organised a Round Table Discussion on the “Ongoing Crisis in Myanmar and Implications for India”. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF delivered the opening remarks, followed by brief presentation...

Interaction with Visiting Delegation of Political Leaders from Nepal On 12 December 2023, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised an interaction with a ten member visiting delegation of political leaders from Nepal. Dr. Arvind Gupta, the Director VIF, gave the introductory remarks, followed by the int...

Round Table Discussion on Evolving Myanmar Crisis: Implications for India The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a Round-Table Discussion on “Evolving Myanmar Crisis and Implications for India” on 01 February 2023. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director VIF, gave the opening remarks, followed by brief presentation...

Outreach 
The thorny road to democracy in Myanmar Published in Hindustan Times,on 29th January 2024....

Can a divided ASEAN solve the Myanmar crisis? Published in Hindustan Times on 11 October 2023. ...

Women in Conflicted Areas of Myanmar Published in the Diplomatist on 17 March 2023...

Crisis in Myanmar Enters the Third Year Published in the Financial Express on 24 January 2023...

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