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  • Dr Deepika Saraswat is an Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click here for detailed profile.

    Deciphering the shadow war between Iran, Israel

    January 24, 2024

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat’s article ‘Deciphering the shadow war between Iran, Israel’ has been published in Hindustan Times on 24 January 2024.

    What is clear is that what started as a Hamas-Israel conflict three months ago has morphed into a shadow war between Israel and Iran, says Dr Saraswat.

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    EAM Jaishankar in Tehran: Renewed Focus on Maritime Security and Regional Connectivity

    Jaishankar’s visit is a timely reminder that India’s partnership stands on its own, and Indian interests demand more rather than less engagement with Tehran.

    January 19, 2024

    Insight 302: I2U2 – Change and Continuity in India’s West Asia Policy

    September 19, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat’s article 'I2U2: Change and Continuity in India’s West Asia Policy' was published in the MEI-NUS Insights Series India-Middle East Relations: Opportunities and Challenges by Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, on 19 September 2023.

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    India’s Turn to Mini-lateralism in West Asian Context

    India’s participation in mini-lateral frameworks together with the US and its West Asian allies has been a transformative development in its West Asia policy.

    July 21, 2023

    China-brokered Iran-Saudi détente: India must be ready to deal with Beijing translating economic might into diplomatic wins

    March 13, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat's article 'China-brokered Iran-Saudi détente: India must be ready to deal with Beijing translating economic might into diplomatic wins' has been published in ‘The Indian Express’, on 13 March 2023.

    While blaming US-led interventions for regional instability, China has supported Gulf countries in setting up multilateral dialogue platforms and taking the initiative in regional issues, says Dr Saraswat.

    Turkey’s ‘New Geopolitics’ Appears in Baltic Rim Economies Special Issue on Geopolitics

    March 09, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Dr Deepika Saraswat’s article ‘Turkey’s ‘New Geopolitics’ appeared in Baltic Rim Economies 1/2023 Special issue on geopolitics, published by Centrum Balticum Foundation.

    Going forward Turkey, as an autonomous strategic actor, will continue to play a complex game of cooperation and competition in various sub-regions including Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asia-Caucasus and the Middle East, says Dr Saraswat.

    Hair-Rising in Tehran

    March 03, 2023

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat's article 'Hair-Rising in Tehran' has been published in the Open the Magazine, on 03 March, 2023.

    Iranians are striving for an ‘ordinary life’, not a ‘heaven’ that is forced from within or without, says Saraswat.

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    The US challenge to India’s ties with Iran

    December 12, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat’s opinion piece 'The US challenge to India’s ties with Iran’ has been published in ‘The Round Table’, the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, on 12 December, 2022.

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    Anti-Hijab Protests in Iran: Symptom of a Deeper Restlessness among the Youth

    November 22, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat's article 'Anti-hijab protests in Iran: Symptom of a deeper restlessness among the youth' has been published in ‘The Indian Express’ on 22 November 2022.

    By pushing the narrative about protests benefiting external enemies, the Iranian regime is hoping to appeal to nationalist sentiments, while also justifying its violent crackdown. Without genuine reforms, Iran’s leaders might be engaging in a temporary firefighting exercise, says Dr Saraswat.

    India’s Inclusive Vision for Eurasia

    October 03, 2022

    Associate Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Deepika Saraswat's article ‘India's Inclusive vision for Eurasia' has been published in ‘The National Interest’ on 03 October, 2022.

    While Prime Minister Modi’s initial reluctance to join other major democracies in forcefully condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine may seem odd, it is consistent with a pluralistic vision for Eurasia, says Dr Saraswat.

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