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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.

Uzbek Elections 2016: Personal observations of an itinerant traveller

December 28, 2016
Uzbek Elections 2016

The voting booth was a good metre high with glass on one side, so that one can see that the voting papers are not tampered with.

Leadership Change in Uzbekistan: An Election Observer’s Impressions

December 26, 2016

While it was difficult to delve into the depth of the country’s internal dynamics, the overall impression one got was that the democratic process is making marked progress, albeit as per Uzbekistan’s own political ethos and traditions.

Elections in Kuwait: Will it lead to Political Instability?

December 06, 2016

The November elections in Kuwait have thrown up some intriguing scenarios. Having won nearly half the seats, if the opposition groups decide to unite under one banner and insist on taking on the government, the possibility of a fresh stalemate in the country cannot be ruled out.

Triumphant Trump and American Foreign Policy

November 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements during the campaign have led to alarm and concerns among America’s strongest allies.

Rivlin’s Visit to India: Envisaging Expectations

November 11, 2016

India-Israel Relations reach a new milestone with the forthcoming visit of President Reuven Rivlin to India

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Conundrum: No End in Sight

November 09, 2016

Riyadh’s military intervention has neither forced the Houthis to the negotiating table nor has it restored the Hadi government in Sa’naa.

Is Turkey’s insistence on a military role in Mosul a strategic miscalculation?

October 28, 2016

Turkey’s insistence on a role for itself risks escalating the already fraught sectarian situation in Iraq, undermining Iraqi sovereignty and not yielding any significant military or political gains for itself.

Syria’s Sad Predicament

October 14, 2016
Syria’s Sad Predicament

Is it a matter of such transcendental importance to keep Assad in power or remove him even at the cost of the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary Syrians and the displacement of half of the country’s total population?

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