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Md. Muddassir Quamar is an Associate Fellow in Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He holds a Ph.D. in Middle East studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and his doctoral thesis focused on social dynamics in Saudi Arabia in the context of the tensions between two seemingly non-harmonious trends; Islamization and modernization. He has a broader interest in Gulf societies, political Islam, Middle East geopolitics and India’s relations with the Middle East. He has co-authored two books India’s Saudi Policy: Bridge to the Gulf (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and Persian Gulf 2019: India’s Relations with the Region (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). He is currently working on a manuscript on education reforms in Saudi Arabia. He has co-edited four anthologies, including Changing Security Paradigm in West Asia: Regional and International Responses (Knowledge World, 2020), Political Violence in MENA (Knowledge World, 2020), Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation (Knowledge World, 2019) and Contemporary Persian Gulf: Essays in Honour of Gulshan Dietl, Girijesh Pant and Prakash C. Jain (Knowledge World, 2015). His research papers have appeared in leading international journals such as Asian Affairs, Strategic Analysis, India Quarterly, Contemporary Arab Affairs, Digest of Middle East Studies, Journal of Arabian Studies and Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

As part of his project in MP-IDSA, Dr. Quamar authored a monograph on Erdogan’s Turkey: Politics, Populism and Democratisation Dilemmas. Since 2018, he has served as the Book Review Editor for Strategic Analysis, the flagship journal of MP-IDSA published in association with Taylor & Francis. In May 2020, he edited an MEI Monograph Middle East Fights Covid-19: A Fact Sheet with contributions from students pursuing Masters in IR in JNU. He regularly contributes Op-Ed articles on developments in the Persian Gulf, Middle East and India’s relations with the region for Indian and international forums. In 2014-15, he was a Visiting Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh. Dr. Quamar has been associated with the Middle East Institute, New Delhi, in various capacities since its foundation and serves as Associate Editor of its flagship journal, the Contemporary Review of the Middle East published by Sage, India.

Commentary 617: A New Synergy in Indo-Gulf Relations

05 June 2020

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

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Commentary 631: Are China and Iran Consolidating their ‘Strategic’ Partnership?

27 July 2020

Though the news of China and Iran entering into US$400 billion agreement and Iran going ahead with Chabahar-Zahedan railway project are unrelated, the

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Commentary 632: Erdogan’s Turkey: Politics, Populism and Democratisation Dilemmas

04 August 2020

The coming to power of the AKP is one of the defining moments in the history of modern Turkey. Here was a party committed to its Islamic and Ottoman r

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Commentary 635: Deepening India-UAE Strategic Ties

03 September 2020

India and the United Arab Emirates share a vision for peace and prosperity. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince Moha

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Commentary 651: Turkish Foreign Policy: From ‘Zero Problem’ to Zero Friends

16 November 2020

In recent years, Turkey’s foreign policy has attracted scrutiny because of its aggressive postures in the neighbourhood and a confrontational ap

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Commentary 657: India’s Growing Defence Cooperation with the Gulf

04 January 2021

International geopolitical developments and the growing chances of friction between the global powers over China’s expansionist designs in the I

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Commentary 659: India & Qatar to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties

14 January 2021

Qatar is an important country in the Gulf with which India has traditionally had strong bilateral ties. Energy security, trade, investments and the In

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Commentary 661: Turkey and the Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean

22 January 2021

Tensions have gripped the Eastern Mediterranean (East Med) for the past few months owning to differences between Turkey, Cyprus and Greece over the ex

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Commentary 688: Israel and Hamas: Fighting an endless battle

26 May 2021

Israel and Hamas have engaged in fighting each other since 2006 when Hamas emerged victorious in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections and for

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Commentary 703: Rekindling of the Indo-Iranian Ties

21 July 2021

The revitalisation of ties with Iran will remain confined to the immediate issue of shared interests in Afghanistan. Other bilateral issues that have

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Commentary 712: India and Iran: Growing bilateral engagements

16 August 2021

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new Iranian president, Ayatollah Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi, last week, in

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Commentary 716: Taliban takeover and implications for Southwest Asia

13 September 2021

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has wider ramifications for the world. Among the key questions that have come to the fore are the shifting US prio

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Commentary 720: Prospects for India-Saudi cooperation on Afghanistan

24 September 2021

Recent developments in Afghanistan–the US military withdrawal and return of Taliban– has created security concerns for all regional countr

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Commentary 727: Kadhimi’s Bid to Revive Iraqi Fortunes

15 October 2021

On 28 August 2021, Iraq hosted the first “Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership” with participation of eight regional countri

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Commentary 730: India and the Shifting Regional Landscape in West Asia

27 October 2021

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit to Israel signifies the burgeoning Indo-Israeli relations. The fact that it is a five-day visit

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Commentary 738: Israel-UAE bonhomie and the changing dynamics in the Middle East

29 November 2021

Within a span of just over a year since the announcement of the Abraham Accords, between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in August 2020 (oth

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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 754: Drone attacks in UAE underline widening Yemen conflict

31 January 2022

On January 17, 2022, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was rocked by two attacks after drone attacks targeted an oil storage plant of Abu Dhabi National

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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 593: Security and Stability in West Asia is in India’s Interest

06 March 2020

The West Asia is one of the most volatile and conflict-ridden regions in the world today. Given the significance of the region as centre for the globa

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Commentary 596: Iraq in the Crossfire between US and Iran

23 March 2020

Iraq is suffering from internal divisions and external interventions for long. The problems of the people of Iraq did not end despite the hope generat

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Commentary 600: External Powers and WANA: The US, Russia and China

10 April 2020

The geopolitical dynamics in West Asia and North Africa (WANA) is such that it allows global powers to intervene either on their own impulsively or on

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commentary 605:Turkey Struggles to Tackle COVID-19

21 April 2020

Like other parts of the world, West Asia (or the Middle East) too is hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 and Turkey is no exception. In fact, Turkey is

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Commentary 608: Turkish Opposition Witnessing a Revival?

27 April 2020

The results of country-wide municipal elections in Turkey held on 31 March 2019 threw a few surprises. Firstly, the People’s Alliance of ruling

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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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