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RESEARCH CENTRE

West Asia Centre

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The West Asia Centre seeks to cover issues, themes and countries of the region which are undergoing rapid political transformation impacting the political and security situation of the region and beyond. The protests by the people of the region against their rulers demanding political and economic reforms and the subsequent fall of some long ruling authoritarian rulers and the rise of Islamists to power has significantly changed the political landscape of the region. The GCC-Iran rivalry, Shia-Sunni conflict, external intervention in the region, the fear of rise of religious radicalism etc have further contributed to aggravate the situation. The Centre is following closely the internal political developments as well as the regional political scenario unfolding in the region.

The historical shifts in the region and domestic political developments will have a significant impact on India’s external environment. As India has huge stakes involved in the region such as energy, trade and safety of Indian community in the region, it has become important for India to watch carefully the developments taking place in its ‘extended neighbourhood.’ These and other related issues are being focused upon by the scholars at the Centre. The Centre continues to hold bilateral dialogues with some leading think tanks in West Asia regularly and contributes in exchanging ideas and perspectives with them.

Current projects being pursued in the Centre are:

  • Linking South and Central and West Asia: Transportation and Energy Cooperation
  • Political transformations in the Arab world and implications for India
  • Regional organisation in Gulf: The Gulf Cooperation Council
  • India-Arab relations and partnership
  • Iran’s domestic and foreign policies
  • India’s Engagement with Iran: Prospects and challenges.

Members


Research Fellow Research Assistant Associate Fellow Research Fellow Research Fellow
       
     
     
Associat Fellow      

Fatah at the Crossroads

January 04, 2017

Abbas needs to take steps for a gradual change of guard in the Fatah within a specified time-frame to keep the cause of Palestinian statehood alive.

The State of the State of Syria

January 02, 2017
The State of the State of Syria

The partial cease-fire brokered and imposed by Russia and Turkey, with Iran’s concurrence, on Assad and the ‘moderates’, might mark a turning point in Syria’s tortuous journey since 2011.

Modi’s stand-alone visit to Israel?

January 02, 2017

A standalone visit to Israel will not only be in line with Modi’s engagement with the Middle East but would also send a powerful message to the international community that India is no longer apologetic about befriending Israel.

Uzbek Elections 2016: Personal observations of an itinerant traveller

December 28, 2016
Uzbek Elections 2016

The voting booth was a good metre high with glass on one side, so that one can see that the voting papers are not tampered with.

Leadership Change in Uzbekistan: An Election Observer’s Impressions

December 26, 2016

While it was difficult to delve into the depth of the country’s internal dynamics, the overall impression one got was that the democratic process is making marked progress, albeit as per Uzbekistan’s own political ethos and traditions.