Deepika Saraswat

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  • Dr Deepika Saraswat is an Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile.

    Pezeshkian’s Victory and Return to a ‘Balanced’ Foreign Policy

    Masoud Pezeshkian’s victory in Iran’s snap presidential election has unexpectedly brought reformists back to the political arena.

    July 12, 2024

    In Iran, a battle between polarising political views

    July 01, 2024

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat's article 'In Iran, a battle between polarising political views' was published in Hindustan Times, on 01 July 2024.

    The Pezeshkian-Jalili run-off on July 5 will be a showdown between the two most polarising political visions for the country, says Dr Saraswat.

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    Hamas–Israel War and the Evolution of Iran’s ‘Resistance Geopolitics’

    Since the Hamas’s cross-border attack in Southern Israel on 7 October and Israel’s severe military response in Gaza, Iran has been central to both public and policy discussions about the potential expansion of the conflict into a wider regional war. Given that Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah and the Houthis in Yemen were quick to target Israel’s northern and southern borders, respectively, Tehran’s regional ‘proxy network’ has dominated discussions about the possibilities of conflict escalating into a direct war involving the US, Israel and Iran.

    January-February 2024

    President Raisi’s demise leaves Iran at a crossroads

    May 21, 2024

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat's article 'President Raisi's demise leaves Iran at a cross roads' has been published in Hindustan Times on 21 May, 2024.

    Raisi’s rise to the presidency had been systematically brought about by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as part of a generational change in Iran’s political leadership, says Dr Saraswat.

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    Deterrence, Escalation Management and the Iran–Israel Conflict

    Iran and Israel have shown preference for a carefully controlled escalation while avoiding a conflict spiral.

    May 20, 2024

    Iran-Israel conflict no longer a shadow war

    April 22, 2024

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat’s article ‘Iran-Israel conflict no longer a shadow war' has been published in Hindustan Times on 22 April 2024.

    Iran’s direct retaliation against Israel marks the end of the shadow war and the beginning of an uncertain future for the region, says Dr Saraswat.

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    Iran: Part of an ‘Axis’ or a Middle Power in (Eur)Asia

    April 01, 2024

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat’s article 'Iran: Part of an ‘Axis’ or a Middle Power in (Eur)Asia' was published by NatStrat Centre for Research on Strategic and Security Issues on 01 April 2024.

    Iran Parliament and Assembly of Expert Elections: Hardliners on the Rise

    Iran’s parliamentary elections were primarily a competition among the conservative factions.

    March 15, 2024

    Deciphering the shadow war between Iran, Israel

    January 24, 2024

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat’s article ‘Deciphering the shadow war between Iran, Israel’ has been published in Hindustan Times on 24 January 2024.

    What is clear is that what started as a Hamas-Israel conflict three months ago has morphed into a shadow war between Israel and Iran, says Dr Saraswat.

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    EAM Jaishankar in Tehran: Renewed Focus on Maritime Security and Regional Connectivity

    Jaishankar’s visit is a timely reminder that India’s partnership stands on its own, and Indian interests demand more rather than less engagement with Tehran.

    January 19, 2024

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