Gateway Features

An upsurge of Wahabbis confront the “Sabahis”

Al thani Courtesy: Chuck Hagel/Wikimedia Commons

More than a decade ago, this writer pointed to Kuwait and its ruling house of Al Sabah as being the ideological challenger to Saudi Arabia and the Al Sauds, who from the start of their rule have embraced the principles and practices of Abdel Wahab, the founder of the Wahabbi ideology. Even the merest glance at the Holy Quran shows it to be suffused with moderation, compassion and benevolence. As with other religious texts, there are certainly elements of warfare within the prose, but the constantly repeated injunction is to identify read more

The new multilateral financial architecture

AIIB Courtesy: file photo/Xinhua

The announcement by Britain, France, Germany, Australia and Brazil to join the China-promoted Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has taken the world by surprise. AIIB, dismissed just months ago by western countries as another flamboyant plan by China, is now clearly accepted as a tangible game changer in the multilateral financial architecture. What really reveals the scope and potential of AIIB, however, is Beijing's brilliant and calibrated March 29 vision for transnational economic corridors for Asia, inviting the world to participate in this ambitious web of cross-border physical, financial and business read more

West Asia: Distortions Revealed

yemen Courtesy: Reuters

The Saudi Arabian bombing on Yemen this week has revealed clearly the distortions in the wars in West Asia, all of them proxy battles for supremacy between the Saudis and Iranians. The Saudi air strikes, the result they claim of a “direct request from the legitimate government of Yemen” ironically took place at the time day that its ally, the US, struck at ISIS in Iraq, supporting an Iranian-led ground offensive. read more

Nigeria: a precarious election

NIgeria elections Courtesy: Flickr/Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Nigeria, a country often seen as one of the few political success stories out of Africa, is set for its general election on March 28. The country has been a democracy since the late 1990s, and has had a relatively stable political climate over the last decade. That stability became an economic boon – Nigeria saw a sudden spurt of economic growth in the last 10 years, with the GDP rising from $169.48 billion in 2010 to $522.64 billion in 2014. The steady rise of the middle class, one of Nigeria’s read more

Research Papers

Protests and possibilities: West Asia and India

This paper analyses West Asian politics in the wake of the Arab uprisings, and examines the nature and implications of India's policies towards the countries

Foreign Affairs

Is the U.S.-Indian Relationship Built to Last?

With India-U.S. relations on an upswing, Robert Boggs, Professor, the Near East South Asia Center and Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Undersecretary of State, debate the possibilities and deliverables of the bilateral


Book review: Writing with an imperialist’s pen

The scope of Kissinger’s book is immense, but it is marred by his prejudices and his arrogant view of non-European cultures. The author’s main premise is that the world is in a state of disorder, but his prescriptions remain unclear

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