Chair: Ambassador (Retd) Ishrat Aziz
External Discussants: Professor Gulshan Dietl, Professor Qamar Agha
Internal Discussants: Dr Shebonti Ray Dadwal, Dr Meena Singh Roy
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.
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.
Chairperson: Lt Gen Satish Nambiar (Retd)
Discussants: Commodore M R Khan (Retd) and Shri Gulshan Luthra
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.
Saudi Arabia’s concerns about regional stability and its domestic vulnerabilities have risen to the fore amidst popular protests in the Gulf region.
Rulers of Gulf states should initiate reforms to accommodate the voices and aspirations of different sections of their societies.
Continuing conflict, competition and rivalry have been a regular phenomenon in the Gulf region over the past few decades.
The events in Tunisia and Egypt have raised hopes among the people and, on the other hand alarmed the undemocratic and authoritarian Arab rulers. Time has arrived for the rulers to take note of the aspirations of the people.
The Gulf region is important for India because of increased cooperation in the fields of trade, business, politics and security. The "Look West Policy" intends to further deepen India's engagement with its "extended neighbourhood."