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Hamas attack snarls up US choices in West Asia
Oct 11, 2023

Hamas attack snarls up US choices in West Asia

The Hamas attack may impose new security and political realities on the region and pose challenges in an election year for Biden

Hamas is now what Al-Qaeda became after 9/11
Oct 12, 2023

Hamas is now what Al-Qaeda became after 9/11

Hamas was never a household name beyond a point unlike Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State. Until now

Has President Trump lost the plot in the Middle East?
Nov 04, 2017

Has President Trump lost the plot in the Middle East?

Not only are the important regional players getting into a huddle to discuss the implications of President Trump’s actions, but are also re-calibrat

How Ebrahim Raisi could exacerbate the security situation in Afghanistan
Jul 09, 2021

How Ebrahim Raisi could exacerbate the security situation in Afghanistan

It is natural for an economically floundering Iran to shelter its interests in Afghanistan.

How the current great-power competition helps the Taliban in Afghanistan
Mar 18, 2023

How the current great-power competition helps the Taliban in Afghanistan

The conflict in Europe helped the Taliban in cementing itself more firmly as a legitimate political entity

How the Taliban is navigating the war in Gaza
May 06, 2024

How the Taliban is navigating the war in Gaza

Despite the public position taken by the Taliban on the war in Gaza, its response has remained largely muted.

How the ‘fall’ of IS, more than its rise, challenges global diplomacy
Dec 12, 2017

How the ‘fall’ of IS, more than its rise, challenges global diplomacy

The Syrian crisis, at its current juncture, looks set for a prolonged battle.

Inching closer to the brink: on JCPOA
May 15, 2019

Inching closer to the brink: on JCPOA

As the US provokes Iran, the onus is on Europe to somehow stand by its end of the nuclear deal

India Faces a Diplomatic Storm in the Middle East
Jun 13, 2022

India Faces a Diplomatic Storm in the Middle East

This episode illustrates the danger facing Indian foreign policy from domestic political developments, increasingly centered on religious conflict.

India should reopen the IPI pipeline project
Jun 18, 2015

India should reopen the IPI pipeline project

Considering India's vast energy needs and demand for natural gas, India should push to frame the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline as a trilateral project once more. The thaw in the Iran-US relations could possibly encourage India to increase its engagement with Iran. Also, India has shown signs in recent months of being open, once again, to engaging with Pakistan.

India's Foreign Policy: Favouring the US?
Oct 05, 2005

India's Foreign Policy: Favouring the US?

The defining moment in India's international relations did not occur when Delhi voted with the US and its allies on Iran on the IAEA board. The real watershed in India's foreign policy occurred in May 1998,

India, Kazakhstan need to look beyond economic cooperation
Apr 29, 2011

India, Kazakhstan need to look beyond economic cooperation

While the bilateral relation between India and Kazakhstan has strengthened in the past few years, accessibility remains a major obstacle to our economic cooperation. Given the present problems, India, in the immediate future, needs to focus on the Iranian route and the North-South Corridor.

India-US relations: Too big to fail
Jun 29, 2019

India-US relations: Too big to fail

A new desire to cut down the “noise” about disputes was clearly visible on both the sides.

India-US relationship is built on the compact that alignment doesn’t require loss of strategic autonomy
Oct 03, 2019

India-US relationship is built on the compact that alignment doesn’t require loss of strategic autonomy

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, its imposition of Iran oil sanctions, its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

India-US ties are strong – but for a price
Jul 02, 2018

India-US ties are strong – but for a price

It wants India to break its relationships with Iran and Russia.

India: Many a hurdle in its way to becoming a world power
May 29, 2019

India: Many a hurdle in its way to becoming a world power

To achieve all that Modi has promised, he needs a peaceful periphery and a stable world order. At home, Modi may be master of all he surveys, but abroad, there are other players, some positive, others inimical. There are issues, such as US-Iran tensions, US-China trade spat, rising climate of protectionism and Brexit, that he cannot control.

India: Mooring in foreign shores?
Mar 04, 2015

India: Mooring in foreign shores?

India needs to find money to put into strategic investments and projects across the IOR -- whether it is Myanmar, Iran, Sri Lanka or Mauritius. The way to do it is not governmental schemes which are all running late, but to draw strength from India's entrepreneurial class and the private sector.

India’s skillful posturing with the US
Oct 20, 2018

India’s skillful posturing with the US

India and the US may have policy differences on Russia and Iran, but keep big-picture focus on defense cooperation

India’s strategic unicorn in Chabahar
Dec 12, 2017

India’s strategic unicorn in Chabahar

The security dimension of Chabahar is based on a preferential approach towards Indian interests rather than one based on exclusivity by Iran

India’s Taliban Outreach
Jun 17, 2022

India’s Taliban Outreach

Greater engagement with the Taliban will create new possibilities for India as other regional players such as China, Russia and Iran look for ways to step up their engagement

Iraq - the Dynamics, ten years on
Mar 11, 2013

Iraq - the Dynamics, ten years on

A decade ago this month, the United States and its British auxiliaries abused international law by invading Iraq. India looked on helplessly then, but is it in a position to affect another unjust invasion, this time directed at Iran?

Is India’s Chabahar calculus in trouble?
Jul 21, 2020

Is India’s Chabahar calculus in trouble?

Recent developments bring to light two key costs for India as it seeks to pursue its interests at Chabahar: access to Afghanistan and its leadership i

Is the spectre of high oil prices of $100 back?
Sep 24, 2019

Is the spectre of high oil prices of $100 back?

The loss of output is the single, worst and most sudden of disruptions to oil market so far.

Is the US a reliable strategic ally?
Jun 02, 2018

Is the US a reliable strategic ally?

India needs to reconsider the depth to which it is willing to engage the US in the strategic domain.

ISIS's Caliphate declaration: Regional reaction
Aug 16, 2014

ISIS's Caliphate declaration: Regional reaction

Although Nouri al-Maliki's government might be able retake the towns overrun by the IS and the tribes with the help of Iran, United States and Russia, it might not be able to bring peace and stability to the country until an exclusive and effective policy is introduced.

Israel’s normalisation with UAE and Bahrain: A prognosis for the region
Oct 01, 2020

Israel’s normalisation with UAE and Bahrain: A prognosis for the region

Discreet relations already existed between all three countries and the ceremony in the White House merely marked the consummation of the surreptitious

JCPOA in the ICU
Jul 04, 2019

JCPOA in the ICU

Whether the escalation of conflict between the US and Iran can be calibrated or not, is difficult to predict.

Keeping Teheran on Tenterhooks
Feb 07, 2005

Keeping Teheran on Tenterhooks

To any intelligence analyst, it should be obvious that the US has already embarked on a psychological warfare (PSYWAR) campaign to keep Iran on tenterhooks in the hope of thereby breaking its will to resist US pressure to agree to the dismantling of its uranium enrichment capability.

Lanka official delegation visits ORF
Oct 09, 2006

Lanka official delegation visits ORF

An official delegation from Sri Lankan comprising Mr. Sunimal Fernando, Advisor to the President, and Mrs. Shirani Goonatilleke, Secretary of the government's Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), visited Observer Research Foundation (ORF) on October 9, 2006, and had an interaction with the research faculty.

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards
Sep 16, 2021

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards

The crisis in Lebanon has reached a point of desperation evident by the move to remove subsidies for most of the poor

Money matters: Discussing the economics of the INSTC
Apr 24, 2017

Money matters: Discussing the economics of the INSTC

India, Iran and Russia have decided to begin using the part-ready International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a multimodal network of sea, rail and road routes between India, Iran, Central Asia and Russia. As the broader politics in the region undergo new configurations that may put to question the project’s prospects, and the evolving security situation demands continuous appraisal, it is time to refocus discussion on the economics o

Narendra Modi and his soaring popularity
May 28, 2019

Narendra Modi and his soaring popularity

Prime Minister Modi contested the recent parliamentary election with at least half-a-dozen prime ministerial aspirants representing the opposition vyi

New balance of powers
Jul 17, 2015

New balance of powers

The Iran nuclear deal could mark a strategic realignment between the US and its traditional Sunni allies in the region. The Arab countries have been vocal in criticising Washington's policies in Egypt, Syria and Iraq, which they say have given an upper hand to "Iranian allies".

New Year rings in reconciliation in West Asia
Jan 13, 2021

New Year rings in reconciliation in West Asia

Ties between Qatar and the three GCC members went downhill after uprisings in Arab countries that began in Tunisia, the beginning of the so-called “Arab Spring”.

No place to call home: The plight of Afghans
Jun 09, 2022

No place to call home: The plight of Afghans

In addition to the Taliban’s failure in administrating Afghanistan, border skirmishes with Iran and Pakistan have further added to the plight of the

Of holocausts, past and future
Dec 30, 2005

Of holocausts, past and future

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has earned the ire of the world by his much publicised remarks about the Holocaust. His logic is convoluted; his indiscretion has not gone un-noticed in Iran and in the world at large. A debate has also surfaced about the language used, its syntax and context.

Offshore migration services: A slippery slope for the Global South
May 13, 2024

Offshore migration services: A slippery slope for the Global South

The UK’s Rwanda Act has big implications for not just the West but for the Global South

ORF-DU summer workshop on good governance
May 21, 2009

ORF-DU summer workshop on good governance

Twenty-four undergraduate students, studying history, journalism, economics, political science, and commerce, in different DU colleges, such as Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Hansraj, Hindu, Indraprastha, LSR, Miranda House, Ramjas, and Sri Venkateswara, took part in the workshop.

Pakistan in Yemen
Mar 31, 2015

Pakistan in Yemen

With Saudi Arabia now so fearful of a rising Iran, it is quite clearly Pakistan's payback time. And Yemen could mark the beginning of a new and more significant phase in Pakistan's involvement in the security politics of the Gulf.

Peace Pipeline: The Next Dimension
May 29, 2004

Peace Pipeline: The Next Dimension

Nothing, with the exception of the Kashmir issue, has been more debated, researched and written about in the context of Indo Pak relations than the issue of the Iran-Pakistan-India Natural Gas pipeline in the last decade. From Onshore to Offshore options and international consortia and guarantees to people to contact, almost everything and anything has been tossed around and evaluated, yet to no avail. The pipeline still remains a pipe dream.

Picking sides in West Asia
Feb 25, 2019

Picking sides in West Asia

India’s tilt towards Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE is not a risk-free move.

Pipedreams over Pipelines
Apr 01, 2005

Pipedreams over Pipelines

During a recent discussion on Indo-US relations, a former senior adviser to the Government of India, who retired some years ago, expressed his surprise that the community of non-governmental strategic analysts in New Delhi had failed to forewarn the policy-makers of the Government of India over the likelihood of opposition from the US to the construction of a gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan till the Indian border to sell gas to Pakistan a

Post-Election Challenges for the New Government in Kabul
Aug 23, 2023

Post-Election Challenges for the New Government in Kabul

This issue brief explores the prospects and problems for the new government in Afghanistan with respect to: the two new leaders and their respective positions; the Taliban; and the regional countries China, India, Iran and Pakistan.

Putin gives lessons in world politics
Mar 18, 2014

Putin gives lessons in world politics

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more. The reason is that the Americans need cooperation from Moscow to deal with Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.

Raisi in Pakistan and the revival of 'pipe' dreams
May 04, 2024

Raisi in Pakistan and the revival of 'pipe' dreams

Almost two months after ties between the two neighbours plummeted to a new low, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, was in P