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Pakistan Foreign Policy Reorientation Debate 2020

Paper No. 6583                      Dated 22-May-2020

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Reflecting Pakistan’s current dissatisfaction with the leading Arab Gulf Monarchies growing proximity to India and honouring Indian PM Narendra Modi with their highest national awards, notably visible is ongoing foreign policy debate to reset newer directions in Pakistan’s foreign policy thrusts.

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Pakistan-Turkey-Malaysia Bloc to Challenge Arab domination of Islamic World:

Paper No. 6543 .              Dated 20-Feb-2020
Dr Subhash Kapila
 
Noticeable since last year is the emergence of a new Islamic bloc of Pakistan-Turkey-Malaysia which ostensibly asserts to bring about a renaissance in the Islamic World but essentially comprises three Non-Arab Sunni Muslim nations attempting to challenge the Arab domination of the Islamic World led by Saudi Arabia as the ‘Custodian of the Holy Places of Islam’.
 

Mapping Iran-US Crisis After the Soleimani Incident

Paper No.6530                  Dated 6-Jan-2020

Guest Column: By Dr. Rajesh Krishnamachari

The year has commenced ominously with increased US-Iran tensions triggered by the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani, the long-term head of Iran’s Quds Force. In this note, we address three questions raised by this event:

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Middle East Chess-Board Power-Play 2019

Paper No. 6513                     Dated 20-Nov-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The Middle East chess-board in 2019is marked by intense power rivalries between the regional powers and a rearrangement of chess pieces by the two Major Powers----United States and Russia—traditional rivals vying for influence in this volatile region of the world which has been in a state of strife since end of First World War 1919 when new nations were carved out of the old Ottoman Empire.

MIDDLE EAST 2019-Geo Politically Challenged -US’s Dilemmas:

   Paper No. 6560                      Dated 10-July-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Middle East 2019 geopolitical landscape presents unprecedented dilemmas challenging the very fundamentals of US policy formulations. United States can ill-afford to ignore the predominance of non-Arab regional powers and prop alternative regional powers devoid of critically significant basic attributes of power.

OIC’s Invitation to India- A diplomatic Coup!

Paper No. 6406        Dated  8-Mar-2019

By R M Panda

India has the second largest population of Muslims and yet it has been denied its rightful place in the OIC meetings so far.  It was therefore a big diplomatic triumph for India when it was a invited to the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) meeting this year  for the first time since its formation.

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Pakistan And India Visits by Saudi Arabia Crown Prince- Analysed:

Paper No. 6500           Dated 25-Feb-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia visited Pakistan and India - February 2019 with a further follow-up visit to China. Saudi Arabia’s underlying strategic objectives in clubbing these visits make an interesting analysis as the India visit stands out apart strategically in relation to Pakistan and China.

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