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  • Md. Muddassir Quamar

    Associate Fellow
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    Md. Muddassir Quamar is Associate Fellow in the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Middle East studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His doctoral thesis examined social developments in Saudi Arabia between 1991 and 2010 within a conceptual framework of Islamic modernism. Dr. Quamar’s areas of interest include Politics & Societies in the Gulf, Middle East Strategic Affairs, and Political Islam.His research papers have appeared in leading international journals such as Contemporary Arab Affairs, Digest of Middle East Studies, Journal of Arabian Studies and Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He has co-edited an anthology titled Contemporary Persian Gulf: Essays in Honour of GulshanDietl, Prakash C. Jain and Girijesh Pant, contributed chapters to edited volumes and regularly contributes opinion articles on strategic developments in Middle East and India-Gulf relations. Dr. Quamar has been a visiting fellow in King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh and serves as Associate Editor of Contemporary Review of the Middle East (Sage, India).

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    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Md. Muddassir Quamar’s opinion piece “Grand Opportunity for India to ‘Act West’ in the Middle East” has been published by Raksha Anirveda on September 08, 2021.

      The article discusses potential opportunities for India to partner with Israel and UAE in the wake of the Abraham Accords. It argues that India-Israel-UAE relationship has the potential to be the fulcrum for India’s ‘Act West’ policy with defence and security being among the key thrust areas where Israeli technology, UAE resources and Indian skilled workforce can come together.

      September 08, 2021
      IDSA News
    • The early reactions from Turkey and Iran underline their readiness to work with the Taliban to safeguard their interests and expand their regional influence. Both are also willing to work with other regional actors to mitigate traditional and non-traditional security threats emanating from Afghanistan.

      September 03, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s short commentary on the implication of the Taliban takeover on geopolitics in the Southwest Asia region, titled ‘Taliban takeover and implications for Southwest Asia’ has been published in Financial Express on September 03, 2021.

      September 03, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s Commentary ‘India and Iran: Growing bilateral engagements’ was published by All India Radio (AIR), on August 11, 2021.

      The commentary analyses External Affairs Minister, Government of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar's visit to Tehran to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi.

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      August 11, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s article ‘Rekindling of the Indo-Iranian Ties’ has been published on the Raksha Anirveda website on July 13, 2021.

      The article discusses the imperatives of the spurt in political contacts with Iran in recent months.

      July 13, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar’s article ‘The Geopolitics of OIC Activism on Kashmir’ has been published in Financial Express on July 13, 2021.

      The article underlines the historical Pakistani proclivity to use OIC to internationalize the Kashmir issue and the geopolitical competition among members of OIC for continuing its anti-India stand.

      July 12, 2021
      IDSA News
    • While Ankara can take respite in President Biden’s decision to continue discussions on contentious issues, it would have to invest more diplomatic capital to overcome the challenges facing its relations with the US.

      June 21, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • The Israel-Hamas clash diminishes prospects for the revival of the peace process and strengthens Hamas’ position as the preeminent Palestinian faction.

      May 25, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Md. Muddassir Quamar's opinion piece on the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas, titled "Israel and Hamas: Fighting an endless battle has been published in The Financial Express.

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      May 20, 2021
      IDSA News
    • The growing ties between China and Iran can have challenges for India’s relations with Iran and interests in the Persian Gulf region. Nonetheless, it is unlikely to seriously affect India-Iran bilateral ties that remain robust and have withstood challenges earlier.

      April 30, 2021
      Issue Brief