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West Asia Round up: February 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s pivot to Asia
The popularity of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) soared due to his efforts to arguably relaxing restrictions on Saudi women as well as opening avenues for international firm

The Inter-Organizational Approach towards Migration and Terrorism: Lessons from the Arab League-EU Summit

In a historic first, the leaders including heads of states and governments of members of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the European Union (EU) held their first-ever summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on 24 and 25 February, 2019. The conference c

The Asian Venture – Visit of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) is on his Asian tour starting with Islamabad. Saudi Arabia has been a major benefactor of Pakistan and once again being driven by Pakistan PM Imran Khan he even declared himself to be the Ambassa

United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a Religious Roll

The Arab Spring in its nearly eight years of existence continues to guide the pan-Arab leaders to be more attentive to the democratic, socio-economic and religious needs of their constituents even if the far reaching reforms are gradual in coming. Sa

West Asia Round Up, January 2019

Pakistan PM Imran Khan regains in the GCC
On 6 January 2019, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid a one day visit to Pakistan. The Crown Prince was personally received by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The relati

Mike Pompeo’s trip to West Asia

Between 8 and 15 January 2019, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo undertook an eight country visit to Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and an unplanned trip to Iraq.1 The trip to Kuwait was

Opportunities before India: Chabahar Port and India Ports Global Ltd. - Involvement Portends Extended Cooperation among Iran-India and Afghanistan

Formal inauguration of India Ports Global Ltd (IPGL) - an Indian private registered company and classified as a Union Government company - operations on 25th December last year, at Shahid Beheshti port at Chabahar in Iran`s Sistan-Balochis

West Asia Review- December 2018

West Asia continued to be fraught with conflicts, competition and crisis with newer challenges springing up with the decision of US to withdraw its troops from Syria, and Iraq leaving the field wide open for Russia and regional competing powers i.e.

President Trump’s Decision on US withdrawal: Middle East and the Afghanistan Situation

President Trump announced on December 20 his decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria. He justified the decision on the ground that the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) has been defeated. Same time, the UN Security Council adopted Resoluti

West Asia Roundup, November 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi finally became the Head of Government in a fledgling Iraqi political and security scenario. Despite some consensus between the two largest parliamentary coalitions and blessings of their respect

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