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  • National Dialogue Conference: Key to Peace and Stability in Yemen

    While it is too early to predict the outcome of the national dialogue process, at present it looks like that the national dialogue, which is endeavouring to bring all the political parties and other factions under one umbrella, is the last chance for peace in Yemen.

    March 26, 2013

    Israel Offers to Reconcile with Turkey: Compulsions and Realities

    The US may have provided the support and platform for the apology, but it was something Israel had to do desperately as it was finding the developing regional situation difficult to handle with every passing day.

    March 25, 2013

    The Arab Churning and Implications

    For the Arabs, India’s caution, slow responses and long periods of situation assessments re-affirmed stereotypes about its inability to assume a leadership role in international affairs. However, given the volatility, the most effective way is to “think regionally but act bilaterally”.

    March 20, 2013

    Iraq: Ten Years after the US-Led Invasion

    The US has spent over a trillion and a half dollars and this huge expenditure has nearly unhinged its domestic economic equilibrium. At the strategic level the results for the US have been even more disconcerting in terms of Iraq's Shiite-led government refusing to let US troops stay on as well as extending support for fellow Shiites in Syria.

    March 20, 2013

    Iran-Egypt Rapprochement: Compulsions and Realities

    Along the short recent journey in discovery of friendly relations, Iran and Egypt have hit roadblocks that are not only ideological in nature but also illustrate their individual compulsions, conflicting national interests and complex regional dynamics.

    March 08, 2013

    Patriots in Turkey

    The Patriot deployments signify Turkey’s attempt to secure itself and its allies against touted missile threats from the two countries with which it shares borders to the east – Syria and Iran.

    January 24, 2013

    With Eyes Wide Shut: The Continuing and Inexplicable Pursuit of Regime Change

    All that the western powers have achieved so far with regime change is to propel into powerful positions an assorted lot of Islamists as well as autocrats with medieval beliefs and a penchant for terrorism.

    January 23, 2013

    Will Netanyahu’s Return Lead to Increased Israeli Isolation?

    Going by Netanyahu’s present term, the return of a stronger Right Wing coalition may lead to increased friction in the region and increased Israeli isolation as well.

    January 19, 2013

    New Egypt’s Democracy Woes - Challenges for President Morsi

    It is only when and if the three authorities – legislature, executive and the judiciary – interact and work in tandem with one another can effective and inclusive governance begin and Egypt’s flailing economy sputter back to life.

    January 10, 2013

    The Signs of Change in Syria

    Signals from Russia, China and even Iran that it is time for Assad to go combined with domestic dissensions and defections signal that the regime is finally cracking up.

    December 24, 2012