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  • Chasing a mirage in Munich?

    Chasing a mirage in Munich?

    The Munich deal, abortive though it is, proves that Russia, by engaging militarily in a substantive manner, has placed itself at a decidedly advantageous place at the negotiating table as compared to the United States.

    February 18, 2016

    Syria’s Unending Tragedy

    Syria’s Unending Tragedy

    Syria’s plight is likely to get worse before it gets better. More Syrians will be killed and the powers that be do not care.

    February 10, 2016

    2011 Revolution in Egypt: Five Years Later

    2011 Revolution in Egypt: Five Years Later

    It will be wrong to conclude that Egypt will remain unfree for too long. Did Napoleon’s accession to power put an end to the French Revolution?

    February 03, 2016

    Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

    Trends and Prospects for Cooperation with the Middle East

    It is too early for India to get involved in any regional security arrangement as it would have to answer two basic questions; security for whom? And against whom? Most regimes feel threatened internally and any involvement would entail India taking sides between rival factions.

    January 21, 2016

    Iran sans Sanctions

    Iran sans Sanctions

    The lifting of sanctions against Iran relating to its nuclear activities marks an important turning point for Iran, the region, the United States, and the rest of the world.

    January 18, 2016

    The Iran-Saudi Confrontation: Who will win in the end?

    The Iran-Saudi Confrontation: Who will win in the end?

    Unless addressed, the escalation of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia can have serious adverse consequences for regional stability and peace and also for ongoing efforts to bring to an end the war in Yemen and the wars in Syria.

    January 06, 2016

    The Arab Spring that was and wasn’t

    When each dictator fell, there was hope that the country might move towards democracy even if the route might prove to be long and difficult. That hope has proved to be a mirage, except in Tunisia.

    December 31, 2015

    Flexibility from Participating Nations – Key to TAPI’s Success

    Flexibility from Participating Nations – Key to TAPI’s Success

    The sustenance of the TAPI project would be contingent upon each side’s ability to accommodate the concerns of different stakeholders in the project. Only time will tell if the projects’ stakeholders can demonstrate such an attitude.

    December 23, 2015

    Russia and the Syrian Conflict

    Russia and the Syrian Conflict

    Syria is a long-term Russian ally, before and after the demise of the Soviet Union, primarily under the presidency of the Assads, father and son, and provides the only foothold to Russia in the Middle East.

    December 14, 2015

    Ruling AKP in Turkey Gets a Lifeline

    The AKP needs to go over the fundamentals of its decade long success in the country before it charts its future course. Its success in the previous decade was built on the pillars of national consolidation, economic growth and religious tolerance.

    November 05, 2015

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