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  • Camp David Summit: An opportunity to build consensus

    Camp David Summit: An opportunity to build consensus

    While the Iran nuclear agreement will be the primary agenda of the summit, there are expectations that other regional issues will also be raised: the campaign against the Islamic State, removal of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the ongoing war in Yemen and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

    May 14, 2015

    An Impending Royal Death: What Next in Oman?

    An Impending Royal Death: What Next in Oman?

    Sultan Qaboos once observed that “while other Gulf Arabs prefer to get on a camel and go west into the Arab desert, Omanis prefer to be on a boat and drift towards India.”

    December 09, 2014

    Jishnu J. Raju asked: Why aren't the GCC and the Arab world able to pressurise the US to give Palestine a fair deal? Are the Palestinian Arabs largely Sunni or Shia?

    Gulshan Dietl replies: The US Administration is under the pro-Israeli influence. It is pervasive in terms of its political, financial and media power. The Arab world is in no position to pressurise the US on the Israel-Palestine issue.

    A vast majority of Palestinians are Sunni. According to estimates, only about one per cent of them are Shia.

    Posted on August 20, 2014

    India’s Relationship With The Gulf Cooperation Council: Need To Look Beyond Business

    India’s Relationship With The Gulf Cooperation Council: Need To Look Beyond Business

    India-GCC relationship is growing stronger by the day as both realise the potential and importance of each other. Trade and commerce is the most important pillar of the India-GCC relationship. Success of high volume of trade and commerce between India and GCC revolves around a high degree of trade and economic complementarity as both caters to each other's economic demands.

    2014

    GCC and the Syrian Crisis

    The approach of GCC countries towards the Syrian crisis has shifted from appealing for political reforms to internationalising the issue to arming the regime’s opposition.

    June 21, 2012

    The GCC–Iran Conflict and its Strategic Implications for the Gulf Region

    Continuing conflict, competition and rivalry have been a regular phenomenon in the Gulf region over the past few decades. Among other reasons, the troubled relationship between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Iran has been one of the major factors responsible for the present state of affairs in the region. The relationship has been marked by sectarian and ideological differences, clash of interests over the presence of the US in the region, concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme and territorial disputes between Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    March 2011

    India and Gulf Cooperation Council: Time to Look Beyond Business

    India's relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been primarily based on mutual trade and business. GCC countries are the main source of energy for India and a market for Indian commodities. India's five-million-strong workforce forms a natural linkage between India and the GCC. But despite such strong trade linkages, which are still growing, political and strategic relations between India and the GCC have been found lacking. Recent years have witnessed signing of defence and security agreements between India and some of the GCC countries.

    May 2010

    India and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): An Economic and Political Perspective

    Indian presence in the Gulf region is civilizational and has developed into a vibrant relationship over the years. With the emergence of India as a large economic power and with the Gulf region simultaneously witnessing spectacular economic growth, economic trends are reinforcing mutual interdependence. While India's economic presence in the region has transformed from barter exchanges between merchants and Indian human capital, India's political presence has remained more or less subdued.

    January 2010

    Houthis and external intervention in Yemen

    The failure of the government to stem Houthi-led violence and the involvement of the external powers in Yemen’s sectarian problems has aggravated the country’s stability. Yemen has been turned in to a theater of conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

    November 25, 2009

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