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Md. Muddassir Quamar is Associate Fellow in Insitute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Dehi. He is also the Associate Editor of Contemporary Review of the Middle East (Sage, India) and has contributed to various publications of the MEI@ND. He prepared From the Urdu Press from April 2011 to June 2014. Email:

Commentary 573: Growing Indo-Gulf Defence Cooperation and Future Prospects

28 October 2019

The historic relations between India and the Gulf countries have undergone a qualitative transformation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His abilit

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Commentary 577: Iraq at the Crossroads

10 December 2019

For over two months, youth in Iraq are protesting against corruption, unemployment and Iranian and American meddling in domestic politics. The anti-go

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Commentary 582: Soleimani’s Killing Redefines US-Iran Rivalry

15 January 2020

Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed in an American drone st

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Commentary 585: US-Iran Hostilities

20 January 2020

In the Persian Gulf, the New Year began with a bang. On January 3, the world woke up to the news of killing of General Qassem Soleimani, commander of

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Commentary 570: India Intensifies Engagement with Saudi Arabia

10 October 2019

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy traditional friendly ties. Both are strategic partners and are working together on various fronts. It is in this context

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Commentary 562: Prime Minister’s Visit to UAE and Bahrain Reinvigorates Bilateral Ties

05 September 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a visit to the UAE and Bahrain over the weekend. This was his third visit to the UAE in four years and the firs

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Commentary 545:A New Trajectory In India–Saudi Relations

24 March 2019

The visit of Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir to New Delhi; close on the heels of the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sal

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Commentary 553: Asia Cooperation Dialogue: Promoting Partnership For Peace And Prosperity

09 May 2019

The 16th Ministerial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) took place in Doha this week. The ACD is a continental level initiative inaugurate

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Commentary 551: A New Synergy in Indo-Gulf Relations

25 April 2019

India’s relationship with the Gulf has witnessed a qualitative transformation since the August 2015 visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi&n

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Commentary 550: India at the OIC: Recognition of a Rising Global Power

05 April 2019

 On March 1, 2019, history came full circle. In an epochal development, India participated as the “guest of honour” in the 46th sessi

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Commentary 538: India and Saudi Arabia: A Growing Security and Defence Partnership

21 February 2019

India and Saudi Arabia have increased defence and security cooperation in the fields of combating terrorism, maritime security and defence manufacturi

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Commentary 549: End Of The Road For Daesh In Syria ?

02 April 2019

On March 24, 2019, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the capture of Baghouz, a town in northeast Syria located in the middle of t

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Commentary 537:Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s upcoming visit to India marks an upward trajectory in strategic partnership

20 February 2019

Economic and social reforms have emerged as the focus area in Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I

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Commentary 530: US-Turkey and the Kurdish question

04 February 2019

The US and Turkey are back on collision course over the Kurdish question in northern Syria. The latest spat is a result of Turkish threats to attack M

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491:Hot War in Syria and Options for India

07 June 2018

The Civil War in Syria has ravaged the country, took the life of nearly 500,000 people and has forced more than five million Syrians to take refuge in

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