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  • India and the UAE: Progress towards ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership'

    The way forward for New Delhi is to seize the momentum and develop a strategic partnership with the UAE to safeguard its core national interests while avoiding regional entanglements.

    July 05, 2018

    Aarti Panchal asked: Why Syria’s membership was suspended by the Arab League? What were the specific reasons that led to it?

    Md. Muddassir Quamar replies: After the Arab Spring protests started in Syria in February 2011, first in the southwestern town of Dara’a but soon spreading to major cities like Homs, Hamaa and Damascus, the Syrian regime used force to control the situation. The crackdown and arrests further infuriated the already alienated youth who were leading the protests. This led to serious escalation as the government called in the army to stabilise the situation.

    Was there ever an Arab Spring?

    Was there ever an Arab Spring?

    Though it began as a search for a path to political democracy, the Arab Spring was used or misused by external powers and entrenched interests within the Arab world to prevent the march towards democracy.

    March 23, 2017

    India - UAE Relations: New Dimension to Strategic Partnership

    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

    The Impact of World War I on the Arab World Today

    The Impact of World War I on the Arab World Today

    The military campaigns waged during the war and the political arrangements entered into immediately thereafter created the Arab world as it exists today as well as the problems it continues to confront.

    June 17, 2016

    Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

    Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

    It is too early for India to get involved in any regional security arrangement as it would have to answer two basic questions; security for whom? And against whom? Most regimes feel threatened internally and any involvement would entail India taking sides between rival factions.

    January 21, 2016

    Mubarak’s Fall in Egypt: How and Why did it Happen?

    After nearly 30 years in power, the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt, considered by many to be the strongest in the Arab world, collapsed suddenly in February 2011 after a mere 18 days of street protests. In this article, we try to explain the puzzling collapse of the Mubarak regime using regime transition theory. We argue that the Mubarak regime’s collapse came about as a result of four key developments, none of which were sufficient to cause the regime’s collapse, but when coalesced together exposed the regime’s lack of coercive and persuasive powers, thereby hastening its demise.

    January 2015

    Saudis join war against Islamic State; many sceptical

    Saudis join war against Islamic State; many sceptical

    The participation by the Saudi royal family in the US-led bombing of Daesh positions in Syria indicates Riyadh’s implacable opposition to the mercenary group. Iran, however, has dismissed the air strikes as a “psychological operation”, not a military one.

    September 29, 2014

    Emerging Trends in West Asia: Regional and Global Implications

    Emerging Trends in West Asia: Regional and Global Implications
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2014

    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
    2014

    Debating the Doctrine of Military Intervention

    The emerging doctrine of intervention is built around the ability of the international community, mainly the US-led western alliance, to impose its collective will in order to restore a deteriorating situation or to prevent a nascent conflict from burgeoning into full blown war with wider ramifications.

    September 13, 2013

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