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  • Iraq under Mustafa Al-Kadhimi: Turning Over a New Leaf

    Since taking over as the Iraqi prime minister in May 2020, Mustafa al-Kadhimi has blended pragmatism with caution while dealing with significant domestic as well as external challenges.

    December 07, 2020

    France Counters Islamist Radicalisation

    In the aftermath of Samuel Paty’s beheading, France is taking measures that seek to reverse the processes through which individuals become ‘terrorists’. If successful, other countries could emulate such policy interventions in their own counter-radicalisation efforts.

    December 04, 2020

    Labour Sector Reforms in the GCC and Challenges for Indian Expatriates

    GCC countries are taking measures to nationalise the labour force, which is adversely affecting the Indian expatriates across all sectors. Even as India is getting equipped to tackle the return migration, the creation of a comprehensive database will help better manage the crisis in the long run.

    November 27, 2020

    Turkish Foreign Policy: From ‘Zero Problem’ to Zero Friends

    Turkish global power aspirations are hindered by a lack of regional influence. Ankara wishes to enhance strategic depth in the neighborhood. Deviating from a soft power approach, President Erdogan has increasingly adopted a confrontational foreign policy.

    November 06, 2020

    The South Caucasus Imbroglio: Armenia–Azerbaijan Conflict

    Armenia and Azerbaijan have come to blows over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh after a quarter of a century. There are numerous geo-strategic interests at play in the conflict that will impact regional peace and security.

    October 28, 2020

    Why Fewer Indians Have Joined ISIS

    Unlike other parts of the Muslim world, spanning North Africa to Southeast Asia, that have remained under the theological and cultural influence of Arabia, India has been able to develop its own versions of Islam and holds its own against West Asian influences.

    August 31, 2020

    The UAE-Israel Agreement: A Step Towards Peace?

    The normalisation of relations between the UAE and Israel is a historic development and a step forward in the rapprochement between the Arab Gulf and Israel.

    August 21, 2020

    Israel and UAE: From Tacit Cooperation to Full Diplomatic Ties

    Formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE, two of India’s critical strategic partners, is indeed a welcome development.

    August 18, 2020

    The August 5 Anniversary: J&K on Home Straight

    The internal and external situation on the first anniversary of the historic revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir appears assuring, even as the need for safeguarding the initial gains calls for sustained efforts.

    August 04, 2020

    India’s Chabahar Dilemma

    India has taken a cautious and balanced approach in dealing with Iran. However, the growing US-Iran confrontation continues to cast a shadow on the Chabahar project and overall bilateral ties.

    July 31, 2020

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