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  • 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

    New Momentum in India-Mauritius Ties

    External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit to Mauritius on February 22-23, 2021 strengthens India’s partnership with the key Indian Ocean island country across the economic, health and security spheres.

    March 30, 2021

    Erdogan’s Islamist Foreign Policy at the Crossroads

    Even as he continues to work towards reviving the Ottoman glory and ‘Ittihad-I Islam' (‘Unity of Islam’), there are significant limitations in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pursuing his Islamist approach to statecraft abroad.

    March 17, 2021

    Kyrgyzstan’s Political Turmoil

    Sadyr Japarov was sworn in as the President of the Kyrgyz Republic on January 28, 2021, after months of political upheaval.

    February 16, 2021

    Re-thinking Gulf Security

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) remains an inadequate and ineffective instrument to pursue regional security.

    February 01, 2021

    Kazakhstan Takes a Significant Step Forward

    Even as Kazakhstan is making slow but steady progress towards further democratisation and openness of its political system, jostling by elites to secure their positions ahead of the ultimate exit of first President Nursultan Nazarbayev from the political scene, is set to grow.

    January 22, 2021

    India-GCC Relations: Looking Beyond the Pandemic

    India and the GCC countries should further strengthen cooperation in the fields of healthcare, education, defence and niche areas like space exploration, artificial intelligence, cyber security, bioinformatics, and renewable energy.

    January 15, 2021

    Al-Ula Summit: Restoring the Unity of the GCC

    Even as the Al-Ula summit has set a positive tone for the restoration of unity in the GCC, a high level of commitment is required by all parties to bridge the trust deficit.

    January 12, 2021

    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

    Political Uncertainty in Lebanon

    Disagreements on cabinet positions continue to hamper the formation of a new Lebanese government, even as the country is going through socio-economic turmoil, compounded by the pandemic and the Beirut port blast.

    December 14, 2020

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