Afghanistan
“Victory Day” Parade: One year of a Pyrrhic Victory for the Taliban

The impact of the Taliban’s one-year rule in Afghanistan differs across regions and countries. The impression on South Asia was more distinct than on any other region. In South Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan bore the burden of the Taliban’s takeover...

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-31 July 2022

DEFENCE Chief of Army Staff Proceeds on a Three Day Visit to Bangladesh. Prime Minister unveils ‘SPRINT’. Joint Press Release of the 16th Round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting. Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) conducted between...

The Regional Integration in Central Asia

Introduction Since its beginning in 2018, the Consultative Meetings of Central Asian leaders have contributed positively to Central Asia’s regional integration process. The idea was presented by the Uzbek President Shawkat Mirziyoyev with an...

Ayman al-Zawahiri is Dead: The Ending of a Chapter of al-Qa’ida’s Founding Fathers!

On 02 August 2022, United States (US)’ President Joe Biden made a public announcement about a successful counter-terrorism operation carried out by the US forces in Kabul, Afghanistan. On 30 July 2022, on command of US President Biden, the Central...

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...

VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-30 June 2022

DEFENCE Joint Military Exercise “Ex SAMPRITI-X” concludes. Extension of entry age: Agnipath Scheme. Agnipath – Raksha Mantri approves 10% reservation of jobs for Agniveers in Indian Coast Guard, Defence Civilian posts & 16 DPSUs....

China: Daily Scan, June 27, 2022

China's top legislature concludes standing committee session: Xinhuanet June 24, 2022 The Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) concluded its 35th session Friday in Beijing. At the closing meeting, lawmakers voted to adopt...

China: Daily Scan, June 24, 2022

Yuan Jiajun elected Party chief of China's Zhejiang: Xinhuanet June 23, 2022 Yuan Jiajun has been elected secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Yuan was elected to the post at the first plenary session...

Third C+C5 Meeting: Reinforcing Chinese Influence in Central Asia

Background The third meeting of the Foreign Ministers (FMs) of China and five Central Asian countries within the framework of China+ C5 took place in Nur Sultan on June 8, 2022. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi along with Kazakh...

Evolving security dynamic in West Asia and India’s challenges

As the controversy over the disrespect to Islam and the Holy Prophet by some errant individuals of the Indian ruling party raged across West Asia , I was happy to see the book edited by veteran diplomat and West Asia expert Ambassador Anil...

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