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RESEARCH CENTRE

West Asia Centre

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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:

  • Linking South and Central and West Asia: Transportation and Energy Cooperation
  • Political transformations in the Arab world and implications for India
  • Regional organisation in Gulf: The Gulf Cooperation Council
  • India-Arab relations and partnership
  • Iran’s domestic and foreign policies
  • India’s Engagement with Iran: Prospects and challenges.

Members


Research Fellow Research Assistant Associate Fellow Research Fellow Research Fellow
       
     
     
Associat Fellow      

Turkish Referendum: Will it lead to Autocratic Rule?

April 20, 2017

The post-referendum changes in Turkey will have far reaching implications not only for the form of government but also for the long-term future of the republic and adversely affect democratic consolidation.

Will Khan Sheikhoun Reshape the War in Syria?

April 07, 2017

The Syrian decision to use chemical weapons on civilian targets in Khan Sheikhoun in an effort to seek control of the last rebel held territory of Idlib and the US reaction have created a new dynamics in the Syrian crisis.

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.

The Impending Visit of Jordan’s King Abdullah

March 20, 2017

Increased security cooperation and the potential for cooperation in the Middle East peace process are likely to be the key areas of discussion during the impending visit of King Abdullah to India.

India - UAE Relations: New Dimension to Strategic Partnership

February 17, 2017
India - UAE Relations: New Dimension to Strategic Partnership

As India seeks to enhance economic engagement and deepen security cooperation with the Gulf, it finds a willing partner in the UAE.