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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 Manohar Parrikar 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.

    Her publications include:

  • India’s Outreach to North Africa: Advancing the India-Morocco Partnership, West Asia Watch, Vol 2 Issue 1 January-February 2019
  • Detailed Profile

    Publications at IDSA

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

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    • India has redefined its engagement with Eurasia in the last few years. It has sought to re-energize ties with its extended neighbourhood based on its historical linkages, positive and benign image, and overlapping security and economic interests. In this context, ties with Uzbekistan remain a key pillar of India’s Eurasian calculus. Tashkent’s strategic location at the crossroads of Central Asia and abundant natural resources form the fulcrum around which the security of Central Asia revolves.

      Strategic Analysis
    • The abidance to ceasefire does not mean an end to the conflict, but it surely would work as a confidence-building measure, at least for now, to address the bigger challenge of

      April 24, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • While it is unlikely that the Iranian regime will be able to weather the COVID-19 crisis without the support of the international community, its efforts at seeking international support largely remain a work in progress.

      April 16, 2020
      Issue Brief
    • Manohar Parrikar IDSA Scholars, Dr. Meena Singh Roy and Mr. Rajorshi Roy's co-authored chapter titled 'India’s Initiatives in Central Asia: Re-energising Ties with the Region' has been published in the book 'The “Roads” and “Belts” of Eurasia', edited by Alexander Lukin and published in March 2020.

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      March 31, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Meena Singh Roy’s article on the impact of the US-Iran conflict on India, titled ‘Why US-Iran conflict spells big trouble for India’ has been published in Deccan Herald on January 07, 2020.

      The article argues that under the given circumstances, there is no option for India but to take the more active diplomatic initiative to de-escalate the crisis in the Persian Gulf region.


      January 07, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Scholars, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Dr. Meena Singh Roy and Mr. Rajorshi Roy’s co-authored article on SCO, titled ‘India and the SCO: A Vision for Expanding New Delhi’s Engagement; has been published the Russian International Affairs Council on December 04, 2019.

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      December 04, 2019
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr. Meena Singh Roy’s article on Turkey’s military offensive ‘Operation Peace Spring’ in Syria, titled ‘Understanding implications of Turkey’s assault on Syria’ has been published in Deccan Herald on October 15, 2019.

      Turkey aims to create a safe zone inside Syria for the resettlement of about 2 million of 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently in the country, writes Dr. Roy.

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      October 15, 2019
      IDSA News
    • 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