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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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    • The growing ties between China and Iran can have challenges for India’s relations with Iran and interests in the Persian Gulf region. Nonetheless, it is unlikely to seriously affect India-Iran bilateral ties that remain robust and have withstood challenges earlier.

      April 30, 2021
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s Op-ed article ‘India and the Gulf: Prospects for Collaboration in Defense Sector’ has been published on the Raksha Anirveda website on April 15, 2021.

      The piece emphasises on the greater intent and prospects for India's collaboration with the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the field of defense industry.

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      April 15, 2021
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
      This book is a comprehensive study on the education system of Saudi Arabia, placing the reforms and changes it has undergone in the past two decades within the context of the historical evolution of the education system. An education system cannot be seen in isolation of the society; it plays a significant role in shaping the individual, state and the society, that in turn, have a bearing on the education system and its evolution. Therefore, this book locates Saudi education in the backdrop of the changes in the society, how they have facilitated or hindered the education reforms and how the education reforms have impacted the society. The book does not ignore the immediate trigger for the beginning of a comprehensive reforms process but goes beyond it to find much deeper socio-political and economic rationales that paved the way for the reforms. It provides a nuanced understanding of the interplays of various socioeconomic as well as political factors that have shaped the education system in Saudi Arabia.
      • ISBN: 978-981-15-9172-3,
      • Price: 84,99 €
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s Commentary on the growing India-Saudi special friendship and the latest telephonic conversation between PM Modi and Crown Prince Mohammed, titled “Growing India-Saudi Arabia ‘Special Friendship’” has been published by All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR, on March 16, 2021.

      March 16, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s book ‘Education System in Saudi Arabia: Of Change and Reforms’ has been published by Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore.

      March 15, 2021
      IDSA News
    • November 2020
      Volume: 44
      Issue: 6

      Strategic Analysis
    • Associate fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s Chapter ‘Holocaust Denial and Minimization in the Indian Urdu Press’ has been published in the Volume ‘Conceptualizing Mass Violence: Representations, Recollections, and Reinterpretations’, edited by Dr. Navras J. Aafreedi and Dr. Priya Singh (London: Routledge).

      February 15, 2021
      IDSA News
    • India and the GCC countries should further strengthen cooperation in the fields of healthcare, education, defence and niche areas like space exploration, artificial intelligence, cyber security, bioinformatics, and renewable energy.

      January 15, 2021
      Issue Brief
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s Comment ‘India & Qatar To Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties’ has been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on December 30, 2020.

      India is making a concentrated effort to boost bilateral relations with the Gulf countries. Qatar is an important partner for India in the Gulf, and the visit of Dr. Jaishankar is likely to give a boost to bilateral relations in trade, commerce and investments, writes Dr. Quamar.

      December 30, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s research article ‘Changing regional geopolitics and the foundations of a rapprochement between Arab Gulf and Israel’ has been published in Global Affairs, the journal of European International Studies Association.

      The article takes a deeper look at developments leading up to the UAE's decision, followed by Bahrain, to normalize relations with Israel. It explains the rationale behind the decision from the "threat perception" and "alliance building" frameworks.

      December 30, 2020
      IDSA News