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  • Meena Singh Roy

    Research Fellow
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    Dr. Meena Singh Roy is a Research Fellow and heads the West Asia Centre at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). Her areas of specialisation are Central Asia and West Asia. Prior to joining IDSA, she was a senior research scholar in the Department of African Studies, Delhi University. She was associated with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies and London School of Economics for her research work. In 2014, she was a visiting Research Fellow with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies’ (GIGA) Institute of Asian Studies.

    Dr. Roy has published several peer-reviewed articles and papers focused on West Asia and Central Asia. She has also been involved in net assessment reports and strategic gaming on West Asia and Central Asia. She has published a monograph titled The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: India Seeking New Role in the Eurasian Regional Mechanism (2014), edited books titled International and Regional Security Dynamics: Indian and Iranian Perspectives (July 2009) and Emerging Trends in West Asia: Regional and Global Implications (2014), and completed the joint Delhi Policy Group-IDSA Task Force report on West Asia in Transition in 2015.

    His publications include:

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    Publications at IDSA

    India and the West Asian Region
    Changing Security Paradigm in the West Asian Region

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    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Meena Singh Roy’s article on India-Iran relations, titled ‘India’s Iran Dilemma’ has been published in the Economic Times on April 29, 2019.

      Given the current volatile situation in Yemen and Libya combined with major uncertainty in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan it is extremely important to engage Iran to find long-term solutions to the regional problems through smart, balanced diplomacy and dialogue, writes Dr Roy.

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      April 29, 2019
      IDSA News
    • The Uzbek approach to dealing with radicalisation and extremism has evolved from tough and uncompromising measures to a flexible and accommodative approach.

      June 27, 2018
      IDSA Comments
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Meena Singh Roy’s article on West Asia, titled ‘India and West Asia a Realistic Approach of Engagement’ was published in the January 2018 issue of ‘The Diplomatist’.

      The article deals with the difficult choices before India, given the existing regional complexities and rising expectations from West Asia. It analyses how New Delhi has been able to manage closer relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries, while maintaining its ties with Iran.

      February 20, 2018
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press

      The Persian Gulf-2016-17 is fifth in the series published by MEI @ ND and first in collaboration with the IDSA. It Examines India’s bilateral relations with the region and focusses on developments during 2015 and 2016. It gives a comprehensive account of the strategic, political, economic and cultural aspects of bilateral developments and also provides in depth analysis of internal dynamics of the Persian Gulf countries.

      • ISBN: 978-93-86618-19-1,
      • Price: ₹ 1295
      • E-copy available
    • As India seeks to enhance economic engagement and deepen security cooperation with the Gulf, it finds a willing partner in the UAE.

      February 17, 2017
      Issue Brief
    • This is an appropriate time to engage Iran, take the relationship forward and concretise many pending projects on connectivity and energy cooperation.

      May 16, 2016
      Issue Brief
    • There is a conscious effort on the part of India to re-energise the INSTC. However, sustaining the momentum achieved remains a major challenge before the member countries of the North-South connectivity project.

      August 18, 2015
      Issue Brief
    • This Issue Brief examines the various dimensions of the conflict in Yemen and analyses the conflict’s impact on the region and beyond.

      May 05, 2015
      Issue Brief
      • Publisher: Pentagon Press

      The book provides an in-depth assessment of socio-political, economic and strategic trends unfolding in West Asia. It also explores options for India to enhance existing relations with the West Asian region in a much more meaningful manner. The complexities of West Asia have been systematically explored by scholars, diplomats and specialists to advance the understanding of West Asia's political and strategic architecture.

      • ISBN 978-81-8274-771-5,
      • Price: ₹. 995/-
      • E-copy available
    • India, in 2005, acquired the observer status in the SCO. It has also expressed its desire to join the SCO as a full member. It is believed that China would try and delay India's entry as full member in this regional organisation, whereas Russia along with the Central Asian countries would continue to support India's full membership in the SCO. New regional and global order would demand greater cooperation between India and China in future.