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Iran Regains Primacy in United States Middle East Strategic Calculus

Paper No. 5898                                 Dated 23-Mar-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Iran seems to be regaining its earlier primacy in the United States Middle East strategic calculus in light of US contemporaneous moves, notwithstanding the nuclear issue.

Maldives and the Islamic State:

Paper No. 5841                     Dated 9-Dec-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Since September this year, former President Nasheed has been repeatedly pointing out that “Radical Islam” is getting very strong in Maldives.  He made another significant observation recently that the strength of radical Islamists is increasing in the military and the Police. This should be of concern not only to Maldives, but also two of its neighbouring countries- India and Sri Lanka. 

Iran-India Strategic Partnership Needs Resuscitation

Paper No. 5813                                 Dated 03-Nov-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Strong imperatives exist in the context of the emerging situation in Afghanistan, volatility in Pakistan, India’s energy security and India’s access to Central Asian markets through Iran for resuscitating the Iran-India Strategic Partnership.

China in Africa: A Close Friend or a Neo Colonialist?

Paper No. 5699                                                  Dated 12-May-2014

Guest column by Prof. B. R. Deepak

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya between 4th and 11th May 2014. It was Li’s first visit to Africa, and coincides with the 50th anniversary of Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai’s first visit to Africa in 1964. Li’s visit has been considered as another milestone in China-Africa relations.

SYRIA: United States Intended Military Intervention Raises more Questions than Solutions

Paper No. 5556                                         Dated 10-Sept-2013

By Dr Subhash Kapila

United States obsession with military interventions earlier in the Middle East and now in Syria was covered in my last Paper.

SYRIA: United States Obsession with Military Intervention Wars

Paper No. 5553                                          Dated 03-Sept-2013

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Greater South West Asia has yet to recover from two American military intervention wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and it seems that the United States stands impatiently poised to militarily intervene in Syria. Syria stands engulfed in a civil war contrived, financed and manipulated by the United States and goaded by the Arab oil-rich monarchical regimes of Saudi Arabia and curiously Qatar.

The ‘Arab Spring’ has Wilted

Paper No. 5521                                      Dated 4-July-2013

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

The ‘Arab Spring’ which sprouted in the Arab World in December 2010 and widely spread in the Arab World in 2011, now appears to be wilted. Egypt which emerged as the most iconic manifestation of the ‘Arab Spring’ is in the throes of a Second Revolution after the First Revolution in 2011 which heralded the onset of the ‘Arab Spring’ in what used to be the leading and powerful nation in the ‘Arab World’.

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