K. P. Fabian

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  • K. P. Fabian retired from the Indian Foreign Service in 2000, when he was ambassador to Italy and PR to UN. His book Commonsense on War on Iraq was published in 2003.

    2011 Revolution in Egypt: Five Years Later

    2011 Revolution in Egypt: Five Years Later

    It will be wrong to conclude that Egypt will remain unfree for too long. Did Napoleon’s accession to power put an end to the French Revolution?

    February 03, 2016

    Iran sans Sanctions

    Iran sans Sanctions

    The lifting of sanctions against Iran relating to its nuclear activities marks an important turning point for Iran, the region, the United States, and the rest of the world.

    January 18, 2016

    The Iran-Saudi Confrontation: Who will win in the end?

    The Iran-Saudi Confrontation: Who will win in the end?

    Unless addressed, the escalation of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia can have serious adverse consequences for regional stability and peace and also for ongoing efforts to bring to an end the war in Yemen and the wars in Syria.

    January 06, 2016

    The Arab Spring that was and wasn’t

    When each dictator fell, there was hope that the country might move towards democracy even if the route might prove to be long and difficult. That hope has proved to be a mirage, except in Tunisia.

    December 31, 2015

    Paris 13/11: What Next?

    Paris 13/11: What Next?

    To argue that the IS carried out the attacks because it has visceral hatred for Western values is to miss the central point. IS has that hatred, but essentially 13/11 was an act of vengeance against France and others who have been bombing the IS.

    November 24, 2015

    The Crash of Metrojet 9268 in Sinai

    The air crash might prod the US and its allies to seek a political accommodation with Russia on Syria, and a grand coalition might emerge against the IS. But, even such a coalition will take long to dismantle the IS, assuming it were doable.

    November 13, 2015

    Vienna Conference on Syria

    The Vienna Conference was far from a gathering of powers with common goals. The key powers involved have yet to reach the conclusion that it is in their interest to end the multiple wars raging in Syria.

    November 03, 2015

    Russian Bombing in Syria: An Interim Assessment

    Russian Bombing in Syria: An Interim Assessment

    It is now abundantly clear that Russia has emerged as the most important player in Syria. With the US on the defensive, the coalition that Russia is forging with Iran and Iraq is likely to get stronger.

    October 27, 2015

    Russian Military Intervention in Syria

    Russian Military Intervention in Syria

    Will the action of Russia make it easier to find a negotiated political agreement on transition among Syrians? Most unlikely.

    October 06, 2015

    Turkey, IS, US, Syria

    Turkey, IS, US, Syria

    There is a sudden and dramatic change in Turkey’s policy towards the Islamic State. What explains this change and what might be Turkey’s calculations?

    August 14, 2015

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