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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.

The Israel Factor in Honduras Efforts to Modernise its Air Force

February 09, 2017
The Israel Factor in Honduras Efforts to Modernise its Air Force

Israel’s influence on the new Trump Administration might clear the obstacles that have stood in the way of Honduras’ efforts to modernise its airforce

Is Turkey Heading Towards a Presidential System?

February 03, 2017
Is Turkey Heading Towards a Presidential System

The Turkish republic stands at a crucial juncture today. The latest constitutional amendment will change Turkey’s 94-year old parliamentary system of government. As the constitutional amendment bill awaits referendum, serious questions arise about the direction in which Turkey is heading.

New Year Attack in Istanbul: Predictable and Preventable!

January 30, 2017

While the New Year attack in Istanbul underscores Turkey’s endemic vulnerabilities, India too needs to be on guard. Messaging by the ISIS is often followed by action.

Fatah at the Crossroads

January 04, 2017

Abbas needs to take steps for a gradual change of guard in the Fatah within a specified time-frame to keep the cause of Palestinian statehood alive.

The State of the State of Syria

January 02, 2017
The State of the State of Syria

The partial cease-fire brokered and imposed by Russia and Turkey, with Iran’s concurrence, on Assad and the ‘moderates’, might mark a turning point in Syria’s tortuous journey since 2011.

Modi’s stand-alone visit to Israel?

January 02, 2017

A standalone visit to Israel will not only be in line with Modi’s engagement with the Middle East but would also send a powerful message to the international community that India is no longer apologetic about befriending Israel.

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