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  • 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

    Turkish and Iranian Response to Upheaval in Afghanistan

    The early reactions from Turkey and Iran underline their readiness to work with the Taliban to safeguard their interests and expand their regional influence. Both are also willing to work with other regional actors to mitigate traditional and non-traditional security threats emanating from Afghanistan.

    September 03, 2021

    Deciphering Russia’s Afghan Policy

    Maintaining security and stability in Central Asia seems to be a key pillar of Russia’s Afghan calculus. By positioning itself as an interlocutor of the Taliban, Russia aims to project itself as an indispensable pole in resolving global and regional issues.

    August 31, 2021

    India’s National Hydrogen Mission and Prospects for Cooperation with GCC

    India and GCC share convergence of ideas and interests along with the political will to collaborate in the hydrogen energy sector. There is a need to provide impetus to the public and private partnerships in this sector as it has a strong potential for growth in future.

    August 27, 2021

    Israeli Foreign Minister’s Visit to UAE: Taking Abraham Accords Forward

    Israel and UAE have laid a strong foundation for their relationship by signing the Abraham Accords. While both are prioritising economic cooperation and exploring opportunities in other key sectors, how they build convergences over complex regional issues remains to be seen.

    July 12, 2021

    Challenges for Israel’s New Coalition Government

    The formation of a new coalition government may have ended the two-year-long stalemate in Israeli politics, but considering its razor-thin majority in the parliament and notable differences of opinion among various constituent parties, its sustainability remains to be seen.

    July 05, 2021

    Challenges for Ebrahim Raisi’s Presidency

    The tenure of Ebrahim Raisi as Iran's President is not likely to be a smooth sail, considering the immense challenges that lie ahead on both domestic and foreign policy fronts.

    June 25, 2021

    Oman’s Renewed Economic and Political Challenges

    The recent protests in Oman over economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic pose a major economic and political challenge for Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said, the new ruler of Oman.

    June 25, 2021

    Outcomes of the First Biden-Erdoğan Meeting

    While Ankara can take respite in President Biden’s decision to continue discussions on contentious issues, it would have to invest more diplomatic capital to overcome the challenges facing its relations with the US.

    June 21, 2021

    Iran Presidential Elections 2021

    The expected victory of a hardline, conservative candidate in the forthcoming Iranian presidential elections could become a hindrance to fulfilling the country’s economic agenda and lead to greater domestic instability.

    June 03, 2021

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