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P. R. Kumaraswamy

Professor P R Kumaraswamy teaches contemporary Middle East at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is the Honorary Director of the Middle East Institute, New Delhi ( He is the author of India’s Israel Policy (Columbia University Press, 2010).

Going Beyond the Public Statement on Iranian Oil

February 09, 2012

Having rejected the western demand for oil sanctions, the real test for the Indian government lies in whether it can implement its public pronouncement.

Oslo, A Distant Dream but No Mirage

September 13, 2011

While, violence, extremism and short-sighted leadership have buried Oslo, it still remains the only option for the Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Diana: A Human Face to Expatriates

September 05, 2011

Until I met Diana, the South Asian Diaspora in the Middle East meant six million Indians, $50 billion in annual remittances and the problems of evacuation during crises. Diana put a human face to that understanding.

Uprisings in the Arab World: Options for GOI

March 30, 2011

While erstwhile authoritarianism and absolutist rule may no longer be possible, it would be naïve to expect that the Middle East will undergo a metamorphosis.

The Saudi Succession Puzzle

March 28, 2011

By establishing an organized process of selection and factoring in contingencies, King Abdullah is hoping for a smooth and orderly transition. But age and health are not on his side and the current wave of political unrest in the region has only complicated the challenges facing him.