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13 July 2017

2016, the hinge year

Three epoch-making events in 2016 are continuing to have global repercussions. They were: Brexit, China’s rubbishing of the July verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration after it rejected its claims on disputed islands in the South China Sea, and Trump’s election. This article, the prologue to a book-in-progress, The Hinge Year – Geopolitical Dislocations and Dispersals, outlines how these events intersect with transformed geoeconomic realities

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24 December 2015

Coalition of the unwilling

On 14 December, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of an anti-terrorism coalition of 34 Islamic countries. But with key potential partners such as Algeria, Lebanon, and Pakistan refusing to join, the hastily-assembled group has put Saudi credibility in the spotlight instead of deflecting western criticism of the kingdom’s inaction against Sunni jihadism

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15 December 2015

The Gulf storm ahead

The GCC finds itself engulfed by a perfect storm – due to the oil price fall and the re-emergence of Iran on the world scene. While the GCC is forced to undertake politically challenging reforms and confront the regional challenge of Iran, there lies a great opportunity for India to strengthen their economic as well as security ties.

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3 December 2015

Can ISIS be defeated?

Today ISIS is the gravest international security threat. To defeat ISIS, the world should pay heed to India’s experience of the need to isolate state sponsors of terrorism. Ultimately, only when Saudi Arabia acknowledges the danger to its own survival from past policies of alleged support to extremist groups, can it be a reliable partner in the fight against ISIS.

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6 August 2015

Cheap oil is costing West Asia

The oil-rich GCC countries are starting to show signs of financial stress maintaining high defense and social spending while the price of oil remains low

28 May 2009, VIENNA, VIENNA, Austria --- epa01744496 (L-R, front row) Director of the OPEC research divisiton, Dr. Hasan M. Qabzard, OPEC President, Angola's Oil Minister Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos and OPEC Secretary-General Abdalla el Badri (R) address the media during a press conference in Vienna, Austria on 28 May 2009. Officials of the 12 Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members held a closed-door meeting in Vienna on 28 May.  EPA/HERBERT PFARRHOFER --- Image by © HERBERT PFARRHOFER/epa/Corbis Courtesy: The Speaker-news
23 July 2015

OPEC’s spigot: spot on

By keeping production high and oil prices low, OPEC is taking on oil and gas companies by undercutting their ability to investments in future oil & gas production

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6 April 2015

What the Iran deal means for India

As the UN, U.S. and EU sanctions against Iran begin to be lifted, synchronised with Iran fulfilling its obligations on the nuclear issue, there will be a much greater interaction between India and Iran which will certainly benefit both countries.

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5 February 2015

Prioritising Saudi Arabia

The last ten years had signalled the Saudi intention of building closer relations with India based on their immense crude oil resources and India’s growing market and skill sets. With a new king on the throne and the on-going turmoil in West Asia it is in New Delhi’s interest to initiate high-level visits with Riyadh as soon as possible

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