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Lakshmi Priya is a Research Analyst at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She has a Ph.D. in West Asian Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and her doctoral thesis was on Status of Women in Syria under Hafiz al-Assad, 1970-2000 and she wrote her M. Phil dissertation on India’s Relations with Syria, 1991-2008.  Her research interests include domestic and foreign policy of Syria, Indo-Gulf relations and gender and feminist discourse in the Middle East. Before joining MP-IDSA, she was a researcher with the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, and has worked at the Office of the Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, New Delhi. She has also worked as an editor for Delhi-based Arihant Publishers.

Dr. Priya has a Masters in Arabic from the School of Languages in JNU and is fluent in English, Hindi and Arabic. In addition to West Asian studies, she has an interest in international relations and political theory. She has published research articles Social Action, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Journal of West Asian Studies She regularly contributes articles and commentaries on contemporary developments in the Middle East.

Commentary 615: Civil War Complicates Fight against COVID-19 in Syria

02 June 2020

Syria reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 23, 2020, while its first death was confirmed on March 29. As of April 9, the number of confirmed c

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Commentary 642: India Joins the Jeddah Amendment

05 October 2020

India joined the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct as an observer state following a high-level virtual meeting held on 26 August 2020 a

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Commentary 664: West Asia News Survey

04 February 2021

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Commentary 601: The Growing Iran-Syria Strategic Alliance

13 April 2020

In a first since facing an uprising and civil war, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Tehran on February 25, 2019 and met Iranian Supreme Leader

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Commentary 612: Kushner’s ‘Peace to Prosperity’ Plan: An Exercise in Futility?

11 May 2020

Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior advisor of President Donald Trump, unveiled the economic peace plan titled ‘Peace to Prosperity’ in a

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Prime Minister Modi's Visit to Palestine

23 March 2018

On February 10, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Palestine, nine months after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited India. This was th

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