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Was there ever an Arab Spring?

March 23, 2017
Was there ever an Arab Spring?

Though it began as a search for a path to political democracy, the Arab Spring was used or misused by external powers and entrenched interests within the Arab world to prevent the march towards democracy.

Geopolitical Shifts in West Asia: Trends and Implications

2016
Geopolitical Shifts in West Asia:Trends and Implications

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN: 978-81-8274-877-4

The West Asian region is undergoing a phase of massive turbulence since the outbreak of the Arab Spring. This period has been marked by popular protests, internal conflicts, civil wars, military interventions and involvement of external players. The regional security situation remains fragile with a new terrorist entity, the Islamic State, emerging to challenge the existing geographical boundaries of the region. There has been an enormous increase in terrorism and extremism, and the non-state actors have gained significant influence in regional politics.

Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

January 21, 2016
Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

It is too early for India to get involved in any regional security arrangement as it would have to answer two basic questions; security for whom? And against whom? Most regimes feel threatened internally and any involvement would entail India taking sides between rival factions.

The Arab Spring that was and wasn’t

December 31, 2015

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.

Examining the Interventionist Logic in the Arab Uprisings

July 2014

At first glance, there was no coherent regional and international response to the transitions triggered in the Arab world since December 2010 as external players, both regional and international, had to confront with unceasing alarm the rapidity of change threatening to unravel in critical Arab states. However, as events in the region progressed, a pattern emerged to the external responses, one that was as predictive as it was differentiated.

Arab Spring or Islamic State – The Case of Tunisia

March 31, 2015
Arab Spring or Islamic State – The Case of Tunisia

The recent attack on the Bardo museum and killing of foreign tourists has demonstrated that the challenge from the hardline Islamists remains.

Egypt's Uneasy Transition: Internal and External Dynamics and Challenges for India

Egypt's Uneasy Transition: Internal and External Dynamics and Challenges for India

Amidst the ‘Arab Spring’ nations, the most keenly watched and followed developments have been in Egypt. Being one of the largest Arab nations, lynchpin of peace treaty with Israel, key US ally and a nation of potent and modern armed forces, Egypt deserved the attention. And so, the success or otherwise of the Arab revolutions hinged on the success or failure in Egypt. However the transition in Egypt has been far from smooth so far.

Emerging Trends in West Asia: Regional and Global Implications

2014
Emerging Trends in West Asia: Regional and Global Implications

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-771-5
Price: Rs. 995
The book provides an in-depth assessment of socio-political, economic and strategic trends unfolding in West Asia. It also explores options for India to enhance existing relations with the West Asian region in a much more meaningful manner. The complexities of West Asia have been systematically explored by scholars, diplomats and specialists to advance the understanding of West Asia's political and strategic architecture.
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‘Arab Spring’: Implications for India

January 02, 2014
 ‘Arab Spring’: Implications for India

As India–Gulf relationship is taking an upward trajectory, and India’s stakes and interests are growing with time, it is time for India to adopt a formally articulated “Look West Policy” in line with the successful “Look East Policy”. This Policy Brief by the West Asia Centre of IDSA explores some policy options for India.

The Islamist Challenge in West Asia: Doctrinal and Political Competitions After the Arab Spring

2013
The Islamist Challenge in West Asia: Doctrinal and Political Competitions After the Arab Spring

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-737-1
Price: Rs. 695
Following the Arab Spring, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) region is witnessing interactions between the various strands of Islamism-Wahhabiya in Saudi Arabia; the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and its affiliates in other Arab countries, and the radical strand represented by Al Qaeda and its associated organisations - in an environment of robust competition and even conflict. This work examines these issues in some details. It provides an overview of the political aspects of Islamic law – the Sharia, as it evolved from early Islam and, over the last two hundred years, experienced the impact of Western colonialism. This book draws on a rich variety of source material which has been embellished by the author’s extensive diplomatic experience in the Arab world over three decades.
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