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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).

    His publications include:

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    • The menace of terrorism has existed for centuries, but its modern, transnational version has ‘metastasized’ to the extent of threatening global peace and security. In 1975, security expert Brian Jenkins observed: ‘Terrorists want a lot of people watching and not a lot of people dead.’

      Strategic Analysis
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on ISIS in India, titled ‘India was of little value to ISIS. That’s all set to change now’ has been published by ‘The Print’ on May 22, 2019.

      The article claims that global jihadist organisations like ISIS and al-Qaeda now believe they have a more ready audience in India for their brand of radicalisation.

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      May 22, 2019
      IDSA News
    • The Sri Lanka Easter bombings has allowed ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi to launch a public relations offensive and enunciate a dangerous new strategy.

      May 06, 2019
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on India-Saudi relations, titled ‘India-Saudi Ties: Diverse Patterns of a Design’ was published in February 14, 2019 edition of Outlook.

      The article discusses the evolution of India-Saudi Arabia relations in recent decades from a 'energy buyer-seller' paradigm into a comprehensive strategic partnership.

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      February 14, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on global economy, titled ‘Global Economy: Time to Pay the Piper,’ was published on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV channel website on December 30, 2018.

      The article discusses the causes and trajectory of the predicted slowdown in global economy by international institutions such as IMF, ECB, OECD etc. for the year 2019, following dismal third quarter (2018) growth recorded in all the major economies and one of the worst performance across all asset classes - stocks, bonds, money markets and property, around the world.

      December 30, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s Op-Ed article on determinist discourse, titled ‘The determinist discourse: How science moved away from humanism’ was published in Al Arabiya website on November 21, 2018.

      November 21, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article, titled ‘Identity politics and the threat to individualism’ was published in Al-Arabiya website, Dubai-based news channel, on October 29, 2018.

      The article underscores the importance of the liberal ideal of individualism as a bulwark against the rising tide of identity politics, based on the denominations of race, religion, gender, caste, etc.

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      October 29, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on militant fundamentalism, titled ‘Why militant fundamentalism is post-modern,
      not orthodox," was published in the Al-Arabiya TV channel website on September 28, 2018.

      The article posits that transnational Jihadism may have more in common with Neo-Marxist postmodernism than with orthodox Islam.

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      September 28, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed contributed a chapter titled 'Effective Management of Islamic Radicalization of Youth: An Indian Perspective' to the newly published book titled 'India-Uzbekistan Partnership in Regional Peace and Stability: Challenges and Prospects', launched by the United Service Institution of India (USI) on September 28, 2018.

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      September 28, 2018
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Adil Rasheed’s article, titled ‘The dangers of apocalyptic discourse’ was published in the Al-Arabiya TV channel website, on August 31, 2018.

      The article discusses how the madness of doomsday cults has become the ideology of terror groups, even of nation states that is now affecting global geopolitics and is influencing present conflicts.

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      August 31, 2018
      IDSA News