Commentaries & Articles
The Democracy Conundrum in Hong Kong
The National People’s Congress of China earlier this year, passed sweeping legislative measures which increases, among others, the composition of the Election Committee of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSR) to 1500 from existing 1200 and the strength of Legislative Council (LegCo) to 90 from existing 70. What has further inflicted injury to the democratic camp in Hong Kong was the decision of China’s National People’s Congress 30 March this year to reduce the directly elected members of the Legislative Council by 15 from 35 out of the total strength of 70.
Lessons for the World from the Suez Canal Crisis
Introduction
The Suez Canal has never lost its newsworthiness because of its strategic location and significance in the realm of maritime trade. The 193-kilometre (120 mile) long canal, one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries, was in news recently as a Japanese-owned megaship MV Ever Given, longer than four football fields and about the length of the Empire State Building
Tibet is Headed for Major Changes
The People's Daily on March 25, 2021, published a lengthy 3975-character article authored by Che Dalha (in Chinese: Qi Zala), Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Che Dalha’s important article, which included nine mentions of Xi Jinping, predictably focuses on activities in Tibet, but makes explicitly clear that the Tibetans are headed for a difficult period.
EU Foreign Policy and EU-India ties
As the EU copes with several internal and external challenges amid COVID-19, join Amb. Anil Wadhwa and Dr. Himani Pant for a discussion on the broad contours of the EU's domestic and foreign policy and the trajectory of EU-India ties.
SEBI’s Prudence & Finance Ministry’s Concerns on AT-1 bonds
Back in March 2020, the Reserve Bank of India proposed an SBI-led restructuring package for the struggling Yes Bank by exercising a clause in a manner no one expected.1 The proposed restructuring entailed writing down of over Rs.8400 crores of outstanding Additional Tier-1 (AT-1) bonds to zero.
Ten years since Arab Spring and its implications on the West Asian Region
Join Amb. Anil Trigunayat and Hirak Jyoti Das unfold the legacy of Arab Spring and explore its political intricacies and regional dynamics".
China has just Raised the Level of Threat for India
Capitals around the world have undoubtedly carefully monitored the recently concluded plenary sessions (March 4 - 11, 2021) of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), popularly referred to as the ‘Lianghui’, or ‘Big Two’. For India, among the documents approved by the NPC Plenary session one especially merits close attention.
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Global Developments And Analysis: Weekly Monitor
May 11, 2021
Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 03 May - 09 May 2021

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China Daily Digest
May 11, 2021
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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2020
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International Development
January 22, 2021
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 1-15 January 2021

I. United States Politics and Society US and Iran ratchet up military activity as concerns increase ahead of Soleimani...

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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
May 7, 2021
VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-30 April 2021

DEFENCE IAF Commanders’ Conference 2021. Bilateral defence cooperation with the French Air and Space Force. DRDO develops...

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Myanmar Round Up
April 13, 2021
Myanmar Round Up : March 2021

Myanmar's military imposed martial law across several districts in the country after initially declaring it in Yangon’s two...

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April 13, 2021
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