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  • I2U2: A New Template for Cross-Regional Cooperation

    The I2U2 is a promising initiative with immense potential for cross-regional cooperation.

    September 05, 2022

    Lovekesh Rawat asked: What was Israel’s objective in allowing China to operate parts of the Haifa Port despite the US pressure against it?

    S. Samuel C. Rajiv replies: The Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), a Chinese company, won a tender in 2018 to build and operate a new terminal at the Haifa Port. The new container terminal was operationalised in 2021. Some concerns have been raised by the US about the security implications of allowing a Chinese company to operate a terminal at a port which has both military and civilian usage. US warships routinely visit the Haifa Port, where the Israeli Navy is also based.

    Vineet R. asked: Historically, what has been the Palestinian position on Kashmir?

    Adil Rasheed replies: According to the Ministry of External Affairs, “India’s support for the Palestinian cause is an integral part of our nation’s foreign policy”.

    The Houthi Attacks on UAE

    The recent Houthi attacks on the UAE have widened the ambit of the ongoing war in Yemen, and are likely to prolong the instability in and around Yemen and hinder the regional and international efforts towards establishing peace in the country.

    February 03, 2022

    Saudi Arabia’s Shrinking Options in Yemen

    Yemeni crisis has been a challenge for Saudi Arabia’s standing and reputation as the leader of the Arab and the Islamic world. It is caught between the resilience of the Houthis to sustain their fight, and the growing cost of war and the allegations of innocents being victims of their air strikes.

    September 13, 2021

    Chakradhar Reddy asked: Will the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan inspire insurgents in West Asia to pursue territorial claims even stronger?

    Md Muddassir Quamar replies: The Taliban is a religious fundamentalist organisation with ideological roots in radical Islamism, jihadism and ethnic nationalism. The movement was nurtured in Islamic seminaries across Pakistan and came into prominence during the Afghan civil war following the Soviet withdrawal in 1989. The Taliban, with support from Pakistani agencies, subsequently gained control of most of Afghanistan including Kabul and declared the formation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

    China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: Likely Challenges for India

    The growing ties between China and Iran can have challenges for India’s relations with Iran and interests in the Persian Gulf region. Nonetheless, it is unlikely to seriously affect India-Iran bilateral ties that remain robust and have withstood challenges earlier.

    April 30, 2021

    Venu Srivastava asked: What is the US interest in the Middle East even though it possesses more oil (shale gas) reserves?

    Adil Rasheed replies: Although the US has recently become the largest oil and natural gas producing country in the world, the OPEC states still produce about 40 per cent of the world’s crude oil with Middle East (or West Asian) states producing about a third of the global output. The global oil market is seamless and any disruption in supplies by one supplier impacts global oil prices simultaneously. As the adage goes, “We all sip from the same cup”.

    Erdogan’s New Foreign Policy Volte Face

    It remains to be seen to what extent Turkish President Recep Tayyeb Erdogan’s recent efforts to mend broken regional ties and address concerns over domestic policies will succeed.

    December 23, 2020

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