Middle East and Africa

The Emerging Narco Bloc of West Asia

The manufacture and supply of the flagship drug Captagon in the heartland of Syria are now one of its only business success stories. The...

Outsourcing Instability: How the Wagner Group Got a Foothold in Mali

Since 2021, rumors have swirled about “white soldiers” who have been setting fire to villages and gunning down suspected Islamic militants in Mali. In...

Does Iranian Uprising Necessarily Need a Leader?

The question about necessity of "leadership in the recent uprising in Iran" has been raised since the beginning of the widespread protests after death...

The Desperate Need for Strong Leadership in Iran’s Anti-Government Protests

On the cusp of the Western new year, a group of influential Iranians, including exiled Prince Reza Pahlavi, author/activist Hamed Esmaeilion, footballer Ali Karimi,...

The India-Israel Bilateral Relations: The Contemporary Gameplan

India recognised Israel on Sept 17, 1950 and permitted the establishment of a consulate in Mumbai but full official diplomatic relations were established in...

China-GCC Summit: Bringing “Strategicness” Into the Domain of Cooperation?

The president of China and high officials from the GCC nations met for the first time at the China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in...

A New Era of Ties Between China and Saudi Arabia

Three days after establishing his position as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, chairman of the Central Military Commission, and de facto supreme...

Qatar’s Gamble in Hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup: An Ambitious Attempt at Agenda Setting in the Middle East?

Qatar is the first country in West Asia to host the world’s biggest football event, the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Despite having no prevalent...

Can Iran Counter Its Rivals in Central Asia Through Connectivity Push?

Central Asia is becoming a competing ground for regional and extra regional powers with Russia losing its influence in the region as a result...

A New Era of India-Africa Defense Cooperation

As India moves towards becoming a major exporter of defense products, achieving the target of exporting $5 billion by 2025, Africa will play a...

Hermeneutics of the Mullah Ideology

Mullahs come in different shapes and sizes and not all of them are bearded but nowhere in the recent past have they been as...

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The Emerging Narco Bloc of West Asia

The manufacture and supply of the flagship drug Captagon...

Climate Action: The US Is Doing Its Part, Others Should Step up Too

The view that the US has been hypocritical in...

Myanmar’s Opium Boom Matters — Here’s Why

The UN just released a new report on the...

India-UK Free Trade: An Unfinished Business

UKs need for FTA and India’s Consistent bargain further...

Odisha’s Thrust on Sports Tourism and Entrepreneurship

The state of Odisha in Eastern India is hosting...