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DEPARTMENT OF WEST ASIAN STUDIES AND NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES

FACULTY OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, ALIGARH-202002

 

 

 

It is my pleasure to inform you that an International Seminar is going to be held in the Department of West Asian and North African Studies entitled “Changing Geo-political Architecture of West Asia and North Africa: Implications for India” on November, 27-29,  2018. You are requested to contribute a paper on any of the sub-themes listed in the concept note attached herewith.

 

Important dates:

Last Date for submission of Abstract             : 15th  September 2018

Last Date for submission of full paper           : 15th October 2018

Kindly send your abstract/full paper to g_mursaleen@yahoo.co.in

Scholars are requested to send their consent within a week along with the title of their presentations so that necessary arrangements may be made well in advance.

TA/DA will be paid to all the outstation participants as per our university rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF WEST ASIAN STUDIES AND NORTH AFRICAN STUDIES

FACULTY OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY, ALIGARH-202002

 

Dated: 17.3.2018

 

CONCEPT NOTE

 

The world scenario in the last few decades, especially after 11 September 2001, is changing very fast. The world today we live in is devoid of the stability and near predictability of Cold War pattern of interactions and relations among nations. The crucial issue of national sovereignty, that was a given and a fundamental basis of international relations in earlier times, is being frequently challenged, and at times redefined in what has been euphemistically characterized as a “globalised village”. New overarching and highly contentions concepts such as “War on Terror”, “Democracy Promotions,” “ Right to Protect”, “Humanitarian Intervention”, etc., have emerged resulting in realignment of forces and reassessment of policies. West Asia, being a very strategically important region, has been greatly affected by these changes. At the same time, it would be too simplistic to argue that the changes at the macro level affected the region in a one-way process. The developments within the region also have its impact in determining the broader dynamics of international relations and politics. Hence it was a two-way process of impacting and being impacted. First, the most important, irreversible trend which the region has witnessed in the recent past is the clamour for a new social contract between the people and the autocratic, unrepresentative regimes of every hue. The people’s uprisings across the Arab world-in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Morocco, Bahrain, Kuwait, Syria and even, to some extent, Saudi Arabia-epitomized that call for individual freedom, economic security, human dignity and a say in the decision-making process. Second, the phenomenon of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria/Levant (ISIS/ISIL) is likely to haunt the region for a longer time then initially anticipated. The most important reasons for the emergence of the ISIS are: the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the civil war in Syrian.

 Subsequent to the Arab uprising, third rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran would remain a marked feature of the regional order in the coming years. The rivalry is basically strategic in nature, revolving around regional leadership/domination, even though the Western press has mostly viewed and projected it through a sectarian angle, Sunni-Shia. Fourth the unresolved Palestine question would continue to remain in the regional agenda, notwithstanding the erroneous assumption in some quarters, especially after Arab Uprising and the rise of the ISIS, that it would be reduced to a bilateral dispute between Israel and struggling Palestinians. Fifth, declining oil revenue due to continuing low oil price is yet another significant feature of the emerging order with which the world has to grapple with. This has impacted the oil rich Gulf countries, which are mainly rentier economies, directly and other countries of the regions indirectly. Finally, external powers would continue to shape the regional dynamic in the emerging order, even though the pattern of their engagement/ involvement is changing. With the end of the Cold War the US remained the predominant, unchallenged power in the region. With the coming into power of Vladimir Putin, Russian subtly, but consistently, sought to regain its lost position in the region. The new Russian foray into the region remained devoid of any intention to reclaim the pat Soviet era Super Power dominance vis-a-vis the US. At the same time, Putin adopted a policy which sought to send a message to the regional actors as well as the western powers, including the US, that Russian remained a power to reckon with the West Asian geopolitical game. To discuss the above mentioned issues, the CWANAS proposes to hold a three day international Conference on the following themes:

Main Theme:

Sub-Themes:

Arab Spring: Causes & Consequences

Civil War in Syria and Libya

Emergence of ISIL and other Terror organizations

The war in Yemen

Saudi-Iran Rivalry

Counter revolution in Egypt

Falling Global Oil prices and its impact of OAPEC

Occupation and unrest in West and North Africa

Indian and the WANA Region

Post Cold War Israel Foreign Policy and the new regional Alignment.

Any other social or cultural theme related to the Seminar.