Middle East


    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: Rethinking the Gulf

    New Delhi is paying too little attention to the growing weight of the Gulf in regional affairs and the strategic possibilities that it opens up for India.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: Shifting Sands in West Asia

    America’s renewed sanctions on Iran, which kicked in Monday this week, mark the beginning of a new crisis in the Middle East.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: The Great Sunni Divide

    The outrageous murder of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul has brought into sharp relief the deepening conflict between Riyadh and Ankara.

    • Op-Ed

    A Diplomatic Blind Spot

    While New Delhi focuses narrowly on its own interests—energy security, welfare of migrant labor, and counter-terror cooperation—it tends to recoil from any political discussion of the existential challenges to the Arab Gulf.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: Recalling an Older Power Play

    If a revolutionary Iran exports ideology and destabilizes its neighbors, others have no option but to push back, balance, or contain.

    • Op-Ed

    Raja Mandala: The Gulf in Foreign Policy

    As storm clouds gather in the Gulf, New Delhi can’t afford to ignore the deepening Arab fears about Iran and their expectations for a measure of political understanding from India.

    • Event

    India’s Security Relations With the Gulf States

    • Nicolas Blarel, Ranjit Gupta
    • December 13, 2016
    • New Delhi

    India’s security relations with Gulf States are changing, but New Delhi needs to develop a strategic and political calculation toward its interests in the region.

    • Event

    Aligning Regional Interests

    • C. Raja Mohan, Klaus Voll, André Gerrits, Ernst Stetter, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty
    • September 30, 2016
    • New Delhi

    As the U.S. commitment to NATO comes under question and countries grapple with Chinese and Russian assertiveness, there is a heavier burden on regional powers to take on more responsibility in the Middle East and in the Indian Ocean.

    • Event

    The State of Indian-Iranian Relations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Iran, the first bilateral visit to Tehran by an Indian prime minister in 15 years, comes at a critical juncture in the rapid evolution of India’s engagement with the region.

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