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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 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
    • Research Fellow, IDSA. Dr Adil Rasheed’s article on Transhumanism, titled ‘Transhumanism: Politics of Hybridizing Humans with Robots," has been published in the Al-Arabiya TV channel website on May 27, 2018.

      The article describes transhumanism as a recent techno-political movement that wants advanced technology to be given popular and government support for enhancing human abilities, which it deems “conservative or poorly informed” electorates and politicians often end up denying it.

      June 27, 2018
      IDSA News
    • 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