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  • Adil Rasheed

    Research Fellow
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    Dr. Adil Rasheed joined IDSA as Research Fellow in August 2016. Before that, he was been a researcher and political commentator in various international think tanks and media organizations for over 17 years, both in the United Arab Emirates and India. He was Senior Research Fellow at the United Services Institution of India (USI) for two years from 2014 to 2016, where he still holds the honorary title of Distinguished Fellow. He was Researcher at the UAE’s premier think tank The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) for eight years (2006-14), where, in addition to research and publishing several papers and articles, he interviewed many distinguished international leaders such as former US Secretary of State Leon Panetta, former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Mahathir Mohamed, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the first Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC in Iraq Hans Blix, former NATO Chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, etc.

    Dr. Rasheed is the author of the book ISIS: Race to Armageddon (2015), which explored the so-called Islamic State’s origins, ideology, vision, mission, organization, administration, military strengths and weaknesses, warfare, global outreach, recruitment and the international response to the challenge it poses. The book also covered the implications for India’s security as regards the growing malicious influence of this jihadist group. The first book on the subject from India, it has been a huge draw internationally and is currently available on Amazon and Kindle. Dr. Rashid has also co-edited the book Indian Ocean Region: Emerging Strategic Cooperation, Competition and Conflict Scenarios. Published by the USI in 2015, this book focuses on growing India-China competition in the quest for strategic control of the world’s third largest ocean, emerging scenarios and recommendations for India’s maritime policies. Dr. Rashid is also the author ofthe seminal research paper ‘Countering the Threat of Radicalization: Theories, Programme and Challenges’ published in the Journal of Defense Studies (April-May 2016).

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    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on Artificial Intelligence, titled ‘Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Work’ was published on Al-Arabiya TV channel website on May 29, 2018.

      Notwithstanding the debate over the prospects and consequences of Artificial Intelligence reaching singularity (exceed human intelligence), the article points to this technology worsening the problem of unemployment for an already struggling global economy.

      May 29, 2018
      IDSA News
    • IDSA scholars, Col Vivek Chadha (Retd) Dr Adil Rasheed’s co-authored article on Hurriyat's rejection of non-initiation of offensive operations (NIOO), titled ‘Rejection of ceasefire offer in Kashmir shows the Hurriyat’s anti-Islamic face’, was published in 'Daily O' on May 20, 2018.

      The article argues against the Hurriyat's decision to reject Indian government's ceasefire offer on Islamic grounds.

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      May 20, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on non-verbal communications titled ‘Napoleon’s bad French to Trump’s candid talk: Paradigm shift in communications?’ was published in the Al-Arabiya website on April 30, 2018.

      The article argues that in today’s world of mass visual communications, the appeal of a leader is not restricted to the mere strength or limitation of his or her intellectual argument, but to the level of trust and confidence the leader is able to generate among the people.

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      April 30, 2018
      IDSA News
    • The Indian strategic community has for long debated aspects of jihadist radicalisation in the country—particularly over its origins, causes, extent, trajectory and possible counter-measures. This article posits that in the absence of clear perspectives, the incipient threat of jihadist radicalisation has the potential to metastasise and snowball quickly, as has been witnessed in other parts of the world in recent times.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on US President Donald Trump, titled ‘US president gains popularity: Do policies trump the person?’ was published by Al Arabiya on March 31, 2018.

      The article studies the growing acceptance of President Trump’s policies.

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      March 31, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s analysis on West Asia, titled ‘Shifting Diplomatic Gear in a Rapidly Unraveling West Asia’ was published in Vol. 12, No. 4, October–December 2017 issue of the Indian Foreign Affairs Journal (IFAJ).

      In the essay, Dr Rasheed has argued that India should revise its hands-off approach on all matters in West Asia and play a more peace-enabling diplomatic role in the region, as fence-sitting may in itself not secure its vital security and economic interests in a post-ISIS region, which is fast bursting at the seams.

      March 12, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on US-China quantum race, titled ‘Is China winning ‘quantum race’ against the US?’ was published by the Al-Arabiya TV channel website on February 22, 2018.

      The article discusses that the US-China ‘quantum race’ might lead to the creation of artificial intelligence, which physicist Stephen Hawking fears could be the ‘worst event’ in civilization.

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      February 20, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on evolving discipline of international relations, titled ‘After hard, soft and smart, it’s sharp power’ was published on Al-Arabiya TV website on January 24, 2018.

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      January 24, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on Western liberalism, titled ‘Western liberalism in crisis: The need for introspection’ was published on Al-Arabiya TV channel website on December 27, 2017.

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      December 27, 2017
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on right-wing extremism, titled ‘Right-Wing Extremism: Is the West Catching the Middle East flu’ was published by Al-Arabiya TV channel’s website on November 20, 2017.

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      November 20, 2017
      IDSA News