July 17, 2020

India and UAE Need to Strengthen Economic Ties

India and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations in 1972; the UAE Embassy in India was opened in 1972, while the Indian Embassy in the UAE was opened in 1973. Both sides have since signed MoUs on strengthening cooperation in cyber space, defence, maritime/road transport, SME, agriculture, manpower, human trafficking, entry visa exemption for diplomatic, special and official passport holders, media, energy, etc, entering a Comprehensive and Strategic Partnership.
July 15, 2020

The Bullion Bust: A Baggage too Heavy?

Gazi Hassan Last week, a consignment addressed to the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram came under suspicion and was stopped by the Customs officials of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and seized 30 kg of gold being smuggled from the UAE. The […]
July 14, 2020

Expat Quota Bill | India-Kuwait economic ties will weather this storm

The recently introduced expat quota Bill in Kuwait’s National Legislative has caused some buzz in India, especially after several media reports suggested that if the Bill was made law, it would force about 800,000 Indians to leave the small West […]
April 22, 2020

Will COVID-19 Shift the Power Balance in the Middle East?

The coronavirus, relentlessly spreading and rampaging across the globe, will have an enormous impact on the region of the Middle East which is already embroiled in multiple problems including a series of conflicts, sectarian violence, economic crises, refugee problem and […]
April 2, 2020

Fate of Global Oil Sector amid COVID-19

In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, many countries are under lockdown and this has resulted in a reduced demand for fuel to a considerable level with prices falling to their lowest in 18 years, dropping below […]
March 25, 2020

The Changing World Order Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

The Cornonavirus is on a rampage, relentlessly spreading beyond China—where it was initially detected—and engulfing most parts of the globe including Japan and South Korea in Far East, countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, West Asia,  and North, Central and South […]
February 28, 2020

Coronavirus: A Threat to Geopolitics and Global Economy

The international system is a sphere of anarchy where self-help, security dilemma and conflict are the order of the day. However, with the complex interdependence as a result of globalization, crises, events or the outbreak of a deadly virus in […]
February 10, 2020

US–Iran Conflict: A ‘Pandora’s Box’

With the assassination of Iran’s top military general by the Americans, the possibility of escalation in Iran-US tensions looms large. The uncertainty over how things will turn around has led to apprehensions of possible involvement of Israel, Saudi Arabia and […]
December 20, 2019

Stemming the tide: India’s geopolitical future in IOR

When it comes to the geopolitics and control over the seas, Alfred Thayer Mahan—the renowned geopolitical and naval strategist—comes to mind. His theory of control over the sea—a determinant of global predominance—is very much relevant today. In 19th century, British […]
December 4, 2019

A second Arab Spring brewing?

What has been happening in Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Sudan for the past one and half months is nothing short of Arab Spring 2.0 in the making. Who would have thought that the spark left unquenched a decade earlier will […]
September 23, 2019

Far East in Doldrums: A Rupture in Pacific Rim

The geopolitics in Northeast Asia is changing swiftly having the potential to shatter the geopolitical and security balance in favour of rogue North Korea and expansionist China. North Korea’s continued testing of patience of the regional powers by its nuclear […]
September 7, 2019

G7 Summit: A Necessary Evil

The world is witnessing extraordinary events like Amazon fires, climate change, trade wars, inter-state conflicts and so on. Almost every developed state in the Western hemisphere is going through one or the other crisis that has pulled them from the […]
June 7, 2019

Foreign Policy Challenges for Modi 2.0

Prime Minister Modi’s first term focused on articulating a global role for India not only as one of the leading players in the international system but also as the one that can shape global rules. Much has changed in the […]
April 22, 2019

India’s BRI Conundrum 

China will be hosting its second high-profile Belt Road Initiative (BRI) meeting from April 25–27 in Beijing. According to Chinese Foreign Ministry, over 37 heads of the states and governments have already confirmed their participation in the event. More than […]
February 11, 2019

Crisis gone too far…..

(Photo Courtesy – BBC.com) The mother of all the modern parliaments of the world is itself suffering from mother of all the constitutional crises ever imagined. With just 10 weeks remaining before the scheduled exit (March 31st ) from the European […]
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