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Prasanta Kumar Pradhan

Prasanta Kumar Pradhan is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for profile

India's Relationship with Saudi Arabia: Forging a Strategic Partnership

March 2013

Trade has been the dominant factor in India's relationship with Saudi Arabia, with the import of oil being a major component. India views Saudi Arabia as a country with which it can forge security ties in order to deal with terrorism, piracy and criminal elements. Diplomatically, it could be a gateway for India into the wider Arab and Islamic world. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has reciprocated India's initiatives relating to issues of mutual interest. Although some hurdles remain, it is time for both countries to work towards building a strong strategic partnership.

Arab Spring and the Non-Arabs of West Asia

September 07, 2012

Iran, Israel and Turkey have adopted a two pronged approach to deal with the Arab Spring: avoid the negative consequences of the uprisings while at the same time deriving mileage to further their interests in an uncertain neighbourhood.

GCC and the Syrian Crisis

June 21, 2012

The approach of GCC countries towards the Syrian crisis has shifted from appealing for political reforms to internationalising the issue to arming the regime’s opposition.

Antony’s Visit to Saudi Arabia: Boosting Defence Ties

February 21, 2012

Strengthening defence ties and broadening defence engagement between India and Saudi Arabia was the principal objective of Antony’s visit to Riyadh.

The Arab Spring: A Year Later

December 23, 2011

The Arab countries where people have successfully overthrown the dictatorial regimes now face the daunting task of moving forward with democratic processes, economic development and institution building.

India-Saudi Arabia Relations

January 06, 2012
Fellows' Seminar

Yemen’s Turbulent Spring: Imminent Change amidst Continuing Conflict

October 18, 2011

Yemen is stuck in a paradoxical and ambiguous situation. While it is widely believed that regime change is necessary, in the absence of reliable alternate leadership, the risk of chaos and instability looms large.

OIC Astana Session: Emphasising Change and Action

July 14, 2011

Though the Astana meeting reflected a change in the OIC’s approach and understanding of the issues and problems of the Islamic world, lack of concrete action would lead to a further loss of credibility for the organisation.

Protests in the Arab World: Implications for the Region and India

March 31, 2011

The ongoing protests against undemocratic regimes in West Asia and North Africa have sent shockwaves throughout the region. This Brief analyses the protests in the Arab world and their implications for the region and India.