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Professor P R Kumaraswamy is Honorary Director of MEI@ND.

Uprisings in the Arab World: Options for GOI

10 July 2018

What began as a protest by a marginalized vegetable vendor in Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia soon spread like wildfire and has engulfed the wider Arab world.

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Dateline 95: Implications of Israel-UAE Formal Ties

27 August 2020

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) decision to normalise relations with Israel is the most dramatic event since the historic Arafat-Clinton-Rabin hands

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Dateline 96: India Strengthens Strategic Ties with UAE

07 December 2020

The two-day visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to the United Arab Emirates last week is part of India’s strategy for the post-Covid

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Dateline 97: Biden’s road to the Ayatollahs of Iran

22 February 2021

The nomination of Robert Malley, a veteran hand in Washington policy circles, as the Special Envoy for Iran, signals the new Biden administration&rsqu

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Dateline 98: Biden administration and reopening the Khashoggi file

22 March 2021

Much to the displeasure and discomfort of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (more widely known as MbS), the ghost of Jamal Khashoggi refuses to d

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Dateline 99: Oman comes full circle in our soft power diplomacy

09 April 2021

By posthumously bestowing the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2019 upon Sultan Qaboos of Oman, New Delhi seeks to mend some of the diplomatic faux pas committe

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Dateline 100: Diversification of India-Bahrain Relations

16 April 2021

The visit of Foreign Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani to India during 6-8 April reiterates the expanding political relations betwee

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Dateline 101: America finally calls out Armenian genocide

03 May 2021

Ending the past silence, US President Joe Biden marked the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day of April 24 by calling out the historical event and promi

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Dateline 102: The new Israel-Hamas conflict is distinct and more dangerous

21 May 2021

While the international community wants de-escalation and an early end to the conflict, the chances of successful external mediation are not bright.

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Dateline 103: Should India recognise Hamas?

28 May 2021

Indeed, Hamas is better placed today than it was in January 2006 and the current round of violence is part of its political campaign. Is Hamas rele

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Dateline 104: Israel-Hamas ceasefire, what next?

04 June 2021

Going by the Israeli media, it is clear that the arm-twisting by the Biden Administration forced the reluctant Benjamin Netanyahu to give up his earli

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Dateline 105: On Israel-Palestine, resist the temptation to mediate

11 June 2021

When it comes to mediating international crises, India’s track record is a mixed bag. In recent decades, India has been unwilling or unable to b

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Dateline 106: Arab Islamist Abbas is the kingmaker in the new Israeli government

25 June 2021

The most interesting aspect of the new Bennett-Lapid government in Israel is the emergence of Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamic Movement or Ra&rsqu

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Dateline 107: Can path breaking new Israeli govt last longer?

09 July 2021

Despite having a woman prime minister in Golda Meir, female political representation in Israel has not been impressive. With religious and Arab partie

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Dateline 108: As Netanyahu loses power, what does it mean for India?

16 July 2021

“Bibi dethroned”. This is the expression used in the Israeli media to describe the formation of a new Naftali Bennett-Yair Lapid governmen

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Dateline 109: Is India playing a triangular tango with Iran?

23 July 2021

Since 2005, some critical decisions over Iran have been taken by the MEA’s US Division. So questions arise if Jaishankar’s recent brief ha

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Dateline 110: Fading Gulf dream can turn into social nightmare

10 September 2021

Given the travel restrictions, local lockdown and sluggish economic revival, that over three lakh people could go abroad for jobs is a heartening sign

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Dateline 111: Taliban challenges the Indian policy

17 September 2021

The Taliban takeover and its fallout exposed the limited diplomatic space for India in its immediate neighbourhood. Reports of Indian diplomats eng

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Dateline 112: Can Taliban takeover reframe Indian thinking?

08 October 2021

In several ways, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan can be a game-changer in India’s worldview and policymaking strategies. New Delhi wants to

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Dateline 113: Would Israel and UAE join an anti-China Quad?

29 October 2021

Earlier it was Pakistan and now China. So whatever India does and does not do externally has to be linked to China. The latest to join this is the min

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Dateline 114: New Quad signals India’s strategic shift in Middle East

05 November 2021

Nearly three decades after Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao broke from the past and normalised relations with Israel in January 1992, India is taking

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Dateline 115: Preparing for a post-Abbas Palestinian leadership

03 December 2021

In early November, Moscow hosted Mohammed Dahlan, a former right-hand man of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who turned a rebel. He met Foreign Minis

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Dateline 116: Growing regional tensions over Iran

07 January 2022

Of late, Israel-Iran shadow-boxing has been getting ominous. If Israel’s diplomatic offensive is increasingly focusing on Tehran, the Iranian me

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Dateline 117: Drone attack heightens tensions in the Gulf

28 January 2022

The drone attack on Abu Dhabi on Monday (January 17) by the Houthi rebels marks a major escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf region. It struck a

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Dateline 91: Trump Legalises Israeli Settlements

06 December 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s sudden and unexpected announcement regarding Israeli settlements in the occupied territories not only runs c

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Dateline 118: Israel Hops from Isolation to High Octane Diplomacy

13 May 2022

The visit of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to India scheduled for last week had to be cancelled at the last minute as he tested positive for

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Dateline 119: Ukraine crisis has destroyed the international norms

03 June 2022

Soon to enter its fourth month, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has made irreversible damages to global norms and order. There were similar occurrence

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Dateline 92: The Trump Two Nation Plan

06 February 2020

With possible removal from office hanging over their heads, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White H

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Dateline 120: Is Israel heading for Knesset elections?

19 August 2022

Even by the Israeli standard of coalition fragility, the Bennett-Lapid government, which completed one year in office last week, appears to be countin

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Dateline 121: Looking at Israel beyond political instability

26 August 2022

Political instability is an integral and inseparable part of Israel’s landscape. For the fifth time within three years, Israel goes to the polls

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Dateline 93: Knesset Elections Fails To Resolve Israeli Stalemate

09 March 2020

Israel went to polls for the 23rd Knesset on 2nd March. The third parliamentary elections within one year, did not prove to be manna from heaven that

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Dateline 94: The Impossible Israeli Coalition?

12 March 2020

Declaring victory moments after the polling ends has become the hallmark of Benjamin Netanyahu; and for the third time, this strategy did not work.&nb

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Dateline 122: Modi's Friend Netanyahu Is Back in Israel, but Challenges Remain

02 December 2022

King Bibi is back! After one year in the Opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu, a close friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has bounced back and led his

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Bernard Lewis (1916-2018)

20 May 2018

Professor Bernard Lewis—a towering personality on the Middle Eastern academic landscape—passed away on Saturday in Voorhees, New Jersey, j

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Dateline 89: New Delhi-Riyadh: Going Beyond Transactional Relations

22 November 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this week highlights the changes that are taking place in India&rsqu

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Dateline 90: Trump Signals International Disapproval On Turkish Invasion Of Syria

29 November 2019

US President Donald Trump’s decision on imposing sanctions on Turkey has rocked the ever-turbulent Middle East. Coming days after his decision t

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Shimon Peres (1923 – 2016)

07 December 2017

in Poland on 2 August 1923, Szymon Persk who later Hebraised his name as Shimon Peres was the leader of the pre-state Israeli leadership. After a brie

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Dateline 87: Riyadh Visit: Where Saudi Arabia Figures In Modi’s Foreign Policy

08 November 2019

With the sole and notable exception of Pakistan, India's relations with the wider Islamic world have improved considerably ever since Narendra Mod

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Dateline 88: Erdogan Is The New Sultan-Aspirant Of The Middle East; Will Modi Tame Him?

15 November 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reported decision to postpone a planned visit to Turkey comes a couple of weeks after an unusually sharp Indian reb

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Dateline 86: Modi transforms India’s approach to the Middle East

21 October 2019

For a long time, India’s relationship with its extended neighbourhood in the Persian Gulf was characterised very simply by energy imports and mi

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Dateline 85: Many in Israel want a coalition, but Likud party without Netanyahu is easier said than done

03 October 2019

The Israeli legislative or Knesset election last week has turned out to be a rerun of the 9 April one, but with a significant twist. After all the

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Dateline 84: End of the road for Netanyahu?

21 August 2019

Will 2019 see a third Knesset election? This question is going rounds in Israel as it faces the second parliamentary election on 17 September and give

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Dateline 83: Unable to Form Government, Netanyahu Calls for Second Elections in 2019

24 June 2019

When he called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate on his re-election with a landslide victory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netany

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Dateline 82: Modi’s Agenda 2.0 for the Middle East

27 May 2019

 The resounding re-election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a blessing for India's relations with the countries of the Middle East. With S

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81: Return of the Persian Puzzle

13 July 2018

  Iran is back in the news and for all the wrong reasons. It has been the unnecessary third wheel in Indo-US relations and vice versa. Like ot

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80: Jordan is the pivot to Modi’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

18 June 2018

During the close to a century of its existence, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been, as former President Pranab Mukherjee described in October 20

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78: Jordan is More than a Transit Point

26 February 2018

In their eagerness to focus on and flag the de-hyphenation of the traditional Israel-Palestinian binary, most commentators have forgotten the pivotal

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77: Why Rahul Gandhi and Netanyahu did not meet

10 February 2018

In the closely scrutinised India-Israel relationship, there is little in the public domain that remains unknown, especially between the leaderships on

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76: My Israel Journey

02 February 2018

You know what, it will go to the dustbin’ my articulate friend was blunt, brutal but honest. Her answer hurt me deeply but transf

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75: Balfour Declaration, A Century Later

01 January 2018

  Balfour Declaration, A Century Later If one were to make a list of the most influential texts in the English language, the King James Bib

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Facets of India’s Security: Essays for C. Uday B..

27 August 2021

New Book: Facets of India’s Security: Essays for C. Uday Bhaskar Author/s: Edited by P.R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Routledge India, 2021.

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Book: The Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite Kingd..

25 September 2019

Book: The Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Edited by P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 To order &nbs

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Persian Gulf 2020: India’s Relations with the Re..

26 June 2020

New Book: Persian Gulf 2020: India’s Relations with the Region Authors: P R Kumaraswamy, Md. Muddassir Quamar and Sameena Hameed Publisher

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Political Violence in MENA..

04 February 2020

New Book: Political Violence in MENA Authors: Edited by P R Kumaraswamy and Md. Muddassir Quamar Publisher: KW PUBLISHERS, 2020 ISBN: 9789389

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Squaring the Circle: Mahatma Gandhi and the Jewish..

31 October 2017

Squaring the Circle: Mahatma Gandhi and the Jewish National Home Author: P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Knowledge World, India Year of Publicat

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Book: Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideolo..

11 September 2019

Book: Islamic Movements in the Middle East: Ideologies, Practices and Political Participation Edited by P. R. Kumaraswamy, Md. Muddassir Quamar and

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India's Saudi Policy: Bridge to the Future ..

28 January 2019

India's Saudi policy:Bridge to the Future Authors: P. R. Kumaraswamy, Md. Muddassir Quamar Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan eBook ISBN: 

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Persian Gulf 2016-17..

01 January 2018

Persian Gulf 2016-17: India’s Relations with the Region Editor: P. R. Kumaraswamy & Meena Singh Roy Publisher: Pentagon Press Year

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Persian Gulf 2018: India's Relations with the Regi..

01 December 2018

Persian Gulf 2018- India's Relations with the Region Authors: P. R. Kumaraswamy, Md. Muddassir Quamar, Manjari Singh Publisher: Palgrave Mac

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Persian Gulf 2015..

29 December 2015

Persian Gulf 2015: India’s Relations with the Region Editor: P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Middle East Institute@New Delhi Year of Publ

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Persian Gulf 2014..

29 December 2015

Persian Gulf 2014: India’s Relations with the Region Editor: P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Sage Publishing Year of Publication: 2015

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Persian Gulf 2013..

12 June 2014

Persian Gulf 2013: India’s Relations with the Region Editor: P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Sage Publishing Year of Publication: 2014

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Contemporary Persian Gulf: Essays in Honour of Gul..

31 January 2015

Contemporary Persian Gulf: Essays in Honour of Gulshan Dietl, Prakash Chandra Jain and Grijesh Pant Author: P. R. Kumaraswamy & Md. Muddassir Q

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India’s Israel Policy..

10 October 2010

India’s Israel Policy Author: P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Columbia University Press Year of Publication: 2010 ISBN: 9780231152044

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Historical Dictionary of Arab-Israel Conflict..

15 September 2015

Historical Dictionary of Arab-Israel Conflict Author: P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, Maryland) Year of Publi

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Persian Gulf 2012..

12 June 2012

Persian Gulf 2012: India’s Relations with the Region Editor: P. R. Kumaraswamy Publisher: Middle East Institute@New Delhi Year of Publ

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