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.
America’s renewed sanctions on Iran, which kicked in Monday this week, mark the beginning of a new crisis in the Middle East.
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.
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.
If a revolutionary Iran exports ideology and destabilizes its neighbors, others have no option but to push back, balance, or contain.
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.
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.
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.
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.