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  • Md. Muddassir Quamar

    Associate Fellow
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    Md. Muddassir Quamar is Associate Fellow in the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Middle East studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His doctoral thesis examined social developments in Saudi Arabia between 1991 and 2010 within a conceptual framework of Islamic modernism. Dr. Quamar’s areas of interest include Politics & Societies in the Gulf, Middle East Strategic Affairs, and Political Islam.His research papers have appeared in leading international journals such as Contemporary Arab Affairs, Digest of Middle East Studies, Journal of Arabian Studies and Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He has co-edited an anthology titled Contemporary Persian Gulf: Essays in Honour of GulshanDietl, Prakash C. Jain and Girijesh Pant, contributed chapters to edited volumes and regularly contributes opinion articles on strategic developments in Middle East and India-Gulf relations. Dr. Quamar has been a visiting fellow in King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh and serves as Associate Editor of Contemporary Review of the Middle East (Sage, India).

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    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s Commentary ‘India-Bahrain Ties Set to Strengthen’ has been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR, on November 28, 2020.

      The Commentary analyses India-Bahrain relations in the light of the recent visit of the External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar to the island nation.

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      November 28, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Turkish global power aspirations are hindered by a lack of regional influence. Ankara wishes to enhance strategic depth in the neighborhood. Deviating from a soft power approach, President Erdogan has increasingly adopted a confrontational foreign policy.

      November 06, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • The normalisation of relations between the UAE and Israel is a historic development and a step forward in the rapprochement between the Arab Gulf and Israel.

      August 21, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s article ‘Deepening India-UAE Strategic Ties’ has been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR, on August 20, 2020.

      The India-UAE bilateral cooperation has witnessed unprecedented growth in recent years in a wide range of areas including trade, commerce, investments as well as defence, security, science & technology and education, writes Dr. Quamar.

      August 20, 2020
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: KW Publishers
      The states of West Asia continue to grapple with dramatic changes taking place in the domestic and regional environment. Security has emerged as a significant concern for them. The political upheavals, civil strife, sectarian violence, and terrorism in the area have implications for the regional and global order. As the region grapples with myriad socio-economic problems, many extra-regional players and non-state actors, and a few regional ones, are attempting to carve out their own areas of influence. These developments across West Asia demand constant monitoring and careful analyses. This book is a collection of essays exploring various aspects of the changing security paradigm in West Asia and the regional and international responses.
      • ISBN: 978-93-89137-59-0 ,
      • Price: ₹.1280/-
      • E-copy available
    • The nearly two decades of Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP; Justice and Development Party) rule has raised a number of questions on the advancement or reversal of democratisation in Turkey. Besides the partisan debate on increasing authoritarian behaviour of Erdogan, there have been limited attempts to comprehensively examine the way AKP has shaped the Turkish politics in the context of the democratisation debate.

    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar's opinion piece on the proposed Iran-China strategic agreement, titled 'Are China and Iran Consolidating their ‘Strategic’ Partnership?'has been published by Raksha Anirveda on July 18, 2020.

      Though the news of China and Iran entering into US$400 billion agreement and Iran going ahead with Chabahar-Zahedan railway project are unrelated, the timing was uncanny and left many wondering whether China and Iran are entering a new phase of ‘strategic’ partnership at the expense of India, writes Dr. Quamar.

      July 21, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Under President Erdoğan, Ankara has become more ambitious and is using every opportunity to intervene in regional politics.

      June 22, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, MP-IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s co-authored chapter on ‘Saudi Arabia and the Millennium Development Goals’ has been published in the volume titled ‘Economics of G20: A World Scientific Reference’, edited by John Whalley and Manmohan Agarwal, and published by World Scientific Publishing, Singapore.

      May 01, 2020
      IDSA News
    • The political divisions and economic challenges facing the country have complicated the government’s response to the pandemic, putting the population at risk and threatening to undermine the popularity of President Erdogan.

      April 14, 2020
      IDSA Comments