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  • India-Jordan Relations: An Ascendant Partnership

    King Abdullah II’s forthcoming visit to India represents an opportunity to catapult the relationship to the next higher level in strategic, security, political, energy, trade, investment and economic cooperation.

    February 26, 2018

    India and Iran Resolve to Focus on Connectivity and Economic Cooperation

    Notwithstanding differences on some issues, chiefly, Afghanistan and India’s UNSC aspirations, India and Iran have decided to focus their energies on areas of concurrence such as connectivity and economic cooperation.

    February 20, 2018

    Jordan is more than a transit point

    Indian assistance to the Palestinians could not be routed through Israel without political controversy both at home and abroad, and India cannot help the Palestinians constructively without coordinating with Jordan.

    February 12, 2018

    Turkey’s Afrin Offensive can pitch Ankara against both Washington and Moscow

    Turkey's resolve to dislodge the Democratic Union Party (PYD) from Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria adjacent to the Turkish border, will be seriously tested by the US and Russian opposition to military action against the Kurds.

    January 22, 2018

    Is it Jerusalem or Jerusalems?

    Jerusalem is a theological, geographical, historical, archaeological, political and emotional issue with contested claims and overlapping legacies.

    December 15, 2017

    Astana Talks: A Prelude to Peace in Syria

    The tangible results of the Astana process lie in the reduction in violence and functioning of de-escalation zones.

    November 27, 2017

    The Saudi Aramco IPO and Crown Prince Salman’s Ambitions

    Crown Prince Salman has been using oil as a tool to further his political ambitions both domestically and internationally, and Saudi Aramco acts as a nucleus around which his ambitions revolve.

    November 16, 2017

    Fatah – Hamas Reconciliation and Prospects for the Elusive Palestinian Unity

    On October 12, 2017, Fatah and Hamas, the two dominant factions in Palestinian politics, signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo to end their decade-long conflict.

    November 03, 2017

    The Trump Challenge to the JCPOA

    Trump’s new policy statement on Iran has enveloped the UNSC-approved Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a shroud of uncertainty that could lead to further instability in conflict-ridden West Asia.

    October 24, 2017

    The Turkish Military Base in Doha: A Step towards Gaining “Strategic Depth” in the Middle East?

    The nostalgia among a section of the AKP to recreate the Ottoman past through economic and geopolitical integration has been the driving force behind Turkey’s recent assertive postures in regional matters including the Qatar crisis.

    September 26, 2017