The West Asia Centre seeks to cover issues, themes and countries of the region which are undergoing rapid political transformation impacting the political and security situation of the region and beyond. The protests by the people of the region against their rulers demanding political and economic reforms and the subsequent fall of some long ruling authoritarian rulers and the rise of Islamists to power has significantly changed the political landscape of the region. The GCC-Iran rivalry, Shia-Sunni conflict, external intervention in the region, the fear of rise of religious radicalism etc have further contributed to aggravate the situation. The Centre is following closely the internal political developments as well as the regional political scenario unfolding in the region.
The historical shifts in the region and domestic political developments will have a significant impact on India’s external environment. As India has huge stakes involved in the region such as energy, trade and safety of Indian community in the region, it has become important for India to watch carefully the developments taking place in its ‘extended neighbourhood.’ These and other related issues are being focused upon by the scholars at the Centre. The Centre continues to hold bilateral dialogues with some leading think tanks in West Asia regularly and contributes in exchanging ideas and perspectives with them.
Current projects being pursued in the Centre are:
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